New Dementia Portal Aims to Improve Information and Advice

A diagnosis of dementia can be overwhelming, not only for the person themselves but for their loved ones or carers.

This is why a new web portal has been developed in North East Lincolnshire offering up to date local resources and trusted national information and advice for people with a dementia diagnosis, their family, carers and friends. This interactive portal aims to give as much support as possible to them along the dementia journey. It can also be accessed by health and care staff who are supporting families experiencing dementia.

The portal can be accessed by visiting https://livewell.nelincs.gov.uk/dementia-portal/ (external link),

People will also be able to download a printable version of the information if they prefer.

Cllr Margaret Cracknell, North East Lincolnshire Council Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Social Care, welcomed the Portal saying while there is information and support available, it has not always been easy for people to know where to find it at what can be a very difficult time for them.

“Having advice and information you can trust at your fingertips is so important, especially at what can be a difficult and emotional time for all the family,” said Cllr Cracknell.

“Many people look to the Internet for advice and information when facing such a big life change but there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. The new Portal will be very valuable in pulling together in a single place the information an individual or family might need to help them feel more confident on their journey with dementia.”

The portal is part of the Livewell website, an initiative of the Union between North East Lincolnshire Council and NHS North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to support local people to improve their health, live independently and get as much as possible out of their daily lives.

Director of Adult Services Bev Compton explained that the portal was a great example of local health and care organisations working together.

“The portal has had a lot of input from Focus, the Single Point of Access, NAViGO, Carers Support Centre, Alzheimer’s Society and Lincs Inspire as well as, most importantly, people living with dementia and their families,” said Bev. “It is another great example of what can be achieved when health, care, local government and the voluntary sector work together with the people whose lives are affected by health conditions to ensure information and advice on offer is both useful and useable.”

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