1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,839
    Suffolk
    Although I have been caring for my husband for several years, I have only just come across the DIST team , Dementia Intensive Support Team. They seem to cover East Anglia, and mention is made of something similar in Wales. I don't know if they are anywhere else in the country.
    It is part of the Mental Health Team. OHs name was forwarded to them yesterday as part of our visit to A&E. The first phone call came before we had arrived home, though I must admit we did stop for coffee! I was phoned again this am and I think if I had said I wanted him in a home NOW, they would have done so!
    I have been looking at the website (Google DIST) and was pretty impressed. They deal, for instance, with emergencies such as violence. As it's a mental health department they seem to realise that a person can have more than one mental health problem at a time.
    There is even a section on things to do when you visit a doctor, things like make lists, take a responsible person with you, get doc to write things down for you.
    One comment I liked, and we've all met docs like this, say to them
    'I'm not asking you to talk to me, I'm just asking you to listen to me. What you then do with the information is up it you!'

    It may be an idea to find out where your local DIST team, or equivalent is. It may be a lifesaver!
     
  2. PeggySmith

    PeggySmith Registered User

    Apr 16, 2012
    1,685
    BANES
    Thanks Spamar, we don't seem to have one in BathNES but it sounds brilliant. Wonder if it'll have to be rolled out nationally now there are new rules in place?
     
  3. truth24

    truth24 Registered User

    Oct 13, 2013
    5,726
    North Somerset
    Don't think there is one in N Somerset either. What a good thing to have.
     
  4. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    Not sure about now , but we used to have a crisis team specifically for dementia related things . One of my Admiral nurses left to join this team as she wanted to be more hands on
     
  5. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,559
    Female
    Scotland
    Nothing in Scotland for that.
     
  6. Essie

    Essie Registered User

    Feb 11, 2015
    566
    There is apparently one in South Essex. The original DIST was piloted in West Suffolk but it seems to be up to individual HCT's whether they organise one or not. The ones that have done so (mainly Norfolk/Suffolk) seem to be very positive about their effectiveness so hopefully :rolleyes: it will get taken up by many more areas sooner rather than later. But probably not! :mad:
     
  7. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,839
    Suffolk
    It might Essie, don't forget the new care act says they have to look after us as well!
    Even with all the help we've had over the years, I've never seen things happen as fast, help wise, as they are at the moment!
     
  8. tre

    tre Registered User

    Sep 23, 2008
    1,353
    Herts
    Nearest we have here in Herts is IOT Intensive outreach Team.
    Tre
     
  9. Essie

    Essie Registered User

    Feb 11, 2015
    566
    I'm so pleased for you Spamar, grab it all with both hands, contacts, help, whatever they are offering. You do an absolutely sterling job but there will, from what you've said, come a time when the current set up will have to change and whatever you can put in place now - even if it's not time for the actual changes yet, will hopefully make it smoother as and when it needs to happen. It is a relief isn't it when help is actually there - caring can be so isolating and very lonely sometimes. So pleased it's some good news for you. :)
     

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