If you’re living with dementia today, whether it’s with a diagnosis or supporting someone with one, you are very aware that there is no guidebook. You cannot turn to page 323 to learn what to expect tomorrow or to explain what happened today.
Dementia Compass is a volunteer-run organisation established in October 2010 to support people who are living with dementia, both individuals with memory challenges and their care partners. Our aim is to offer you resources and support to make your everyday more enjoyable… to make living with dementia at home work well. We do this by offering activities and events tailored specially to focus on ability rather than disability and we offer skill building to others who wish to do the same.
Living with Dementia
We offer programmes designed specially for people living with dementia, both the person with the diagnosis and his or her care partner to share together:
Supporting Someone with Dementia
We also support carers by running seminars, workshops and skill-building sessions, including:
- Still Caring lunch club — a monthly lunch bringing former and active carers together
- Carers seminars — small peer-led facilitated groups
- Skill building workshops — opportunities to develop skills and techniques to support better a person with dementia
- one-to-one support — access to support, advice and guidance
We work with researchers at Cambridge University to identify ways to improve the lives of people living with dementia. Together we have investigated improvements in nutrition and exercise courses as well as the benefits of museum access.
Working with Dementia
Alongside our work to support people living with dementia, we support health and social care professionals with resources, links and guidance. Currently, we offer skill building and training to health care professionals at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, exercise professionals and carers in the community. We aim to share skill and techniques that focus on abilities while understanding the impact of dementia on both the person with the dementia diagnosis and his or her care partners.