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Dementia (Richmond)

Richmond Community Dementia Clinical Specialist Service

Our Richmond Community Dementia Clinical Specialist Service helps to promote independence at home and improve the service and quality of care for patients living with dementia and their carers.

The service aims to improve communication and coordination of care by liaising with other services such as GPs, social care and other statutory or voluntary services.

 

Who is the service aimed at?

  • Patients registered with a GP in the borough of Richmond

  • Carers of patients registered with a GP in the borough of Richmond 

  • Those receiving care from other HRCH services in the borough of Richmond 

What we offer?

  • Home visits to assess and discuss your needs

  • Dementia screening and referral to GP or memory clinic

  • Recommendation and referral to local support services in the statutory and voluntary sectors

  • Attendance at meetings with other professionals as your patient / carer advocate to ensure your views are respected

  • Liaison with other staff to ensure you receive care for your dementia as well as your physical needs

  • Advice on: developing a support plan to prevent hospital admission or a crisis; developing our workforce by providing awareness and more in-depth training for our healthcare professionals and support staff; and promoting positive dementia care

  • Help and support for patients and carers to make future plans

 

This service is only for people registered with a Richmond GP. We will be adding information about the care pathway for Hounslow soon.

Contact Richmond Community Clinical Dementia Specialist Service

Please ask for:

Nina Jalota and Teresa Keegal

Community Dementia Clinical Specialists
Teddington Health and Social Care Centre
18 Queens Road, Teddington TW11 0LR

Tel: 020 8614 5429/5430
Fax: 020 8630 3639

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Meet the team

Teresa Keegal - Richmond Clinical Community Dementia Specialist

Teresa has worked within community health services for over 30 years. This has included working in a rehabilitation team supporting early discharge home from hospital and as a District Nurse Team Leader within the Hounslow area of Hounslow & Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust. During this time she led several innovations including setting up leg ulcer clinics with protocols for care and introducing electronic record keeping and standardised careplans to enable consistency of care across the Trust. This work often bought Teresa in to contact with patients living with dementia as well as personal family experience of the disease.


Having spent the last 5 years managing the District Nursing teams Teresa has now returned to a clinical role to set up this innovative new service. The service aims to support the general health teams within the community caring for patients and their carers ensuring that they receive care for their dementia alongside any co-morbidities.

Nina Jalota - Richmond Clinical Community Dementia Specialist

Nina is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has worked in both physical and mental health NHS services.  Nina has extensive skills in complex caseload management ranging across acute A & E, rehabilitation and community, alongside specialised training and teaching in dementia care. She is a passionate practitioner dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life. Like Teresa, Nina works holistically, taking into account each individual’s needs and working with and alongside unpaid or family carers as well as other health and care professionals. She is committed to teaching others about dementia and creating effective, as well as compassionate care and support for people living with dementia.

Nina and Teresa work as a team, benefiting from each other’s skills and experience so that the best possible solutions are offered to people living with dementia, their carers and the other professionals involved in each person’s dementia care. They are also core members of the HRCH Dementia Training Team which has been offering dementia training and education to staff and partners since 2012.

All of our team members volunteer with The Alzheimer's Society as dementia champions.

Richmond Community Dementia Clinical Specialist Service referral information:

Referrals can be made via your GP surgery, hospital or other health or social care professional.

Click here for dementia service referral criteria (opens pdf).

 

Opening times:

Dementia service operates Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm, excluding bank holidays

 

Referral information for people living with dementia

Supporting Carers of People with Living Dementia

  • It is now widely recognised and acknowledged that Carers are experts and possess an in-depth knowledge about the person they care for.

  • Families and other unpaid carers in fact, provide the majority of support provided to people with dementia.

  • We therefore, consider Carers as ‘essential’ and ‘key’ partners in the provision and delivery of health and social care services.

  • If you are working with someone who’s carer appears to be in need of support, we encourage you to make contact with the local borough leads for Carers listed below.
  • It can be extremely challenging for all of us to navigate the local care and support systems, which often feel complicated.  However, the Carers Centre in Richmond and Hounslow Community Partnership are a good first port of call.
  • They will arrange to meet with you at their offices or in your home at whatever stage you are at in your caring journey to find support services to meet your needs.
  • If the person you are concerned about requires a formal carers assessment the best place to start is the local social care team.

 

Local Support for Carers

Richmond Carers Centre
Richmond Carers Centre is a local charity that provides support to carers and young carers. They offer free and confidential advice, information and support to unpaid carers living or caring for someone living in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Tel: 020 8867 2380
Email:
info@richmondcarers.org 
www.richmondchs.org

 

Hounslow Community Partnership
Hounslow Community Partnership is a collaboration of charities led by INS. We support people living in Hounslow Borough, we offer information, advice, support and training to adults who are either an unpaid carer or have a long-term health condition.
Working together to help you and your carer maintain an independent lifestyle in your own home

Tel: 020 3693 4003
Email:
info@cp-hounslow.org.uk
www.cp-hounslow.org.uk

 

Useful links 

  • Council on line resource directory – care homes, support for carers services that support residents to stay living on their own homes. Enter the relevant borough name to obtain local details. www.careplace.org.uk

  • Hounslow,  Hammersmith and Ealing Alzheimer’s Society offers services and advice to people living with any form of dementia and their carers.  Dementia Advisers offer home visits, one to one support and carers support groups.  Contact for their programme of activities, including singing for the brain and advice , on: 020 8580 1057 or hounslow@alzheimers.org.uk



  • The Richmond Community Independent Living Services (CILS) offers a wide range of services designed to maximise independence: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/cils 


  • Richmond Alzheimer’s Society offers services and advice to people living with any form of dementia and their carers.  Dementia Advisers offer home visits, one to one support and carers support groups, cafes, social events, activities and training. Contact for their programme of activities and advice on 020 8611 6800 or RichmondServices@alzheimers.org.uk 
    www.alzheimers.org.uk

  

 

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