Grants to help people living with dementia to keep their independence and prevent or delay the need for their admission to residential care continue to be promoted by South Norfolk Council.
Councillor Yvonne Bendle, Cabinet member for Wellbeing and Early Intervention said: “We have had a lot of interest in our Forget Me Not Grants and we have seen many applications from family members. This is really positive as it allows the Forget Me Not grants to be a gateway to other services that may be available.
“Forget Me Not grants are funded by the County Council and help pay for adaptations to homes making the environment more dementia friendly so if you think a grant could help you or someone you know please get in touch with our Independent Living Team.”
So far the Council has completed over 100 applications for grants to cover work including changes to lighting, changes to flooring and wall colours, changes to facilities, such as contrasting toilet seats, to fixtures and fittings and for putting in safety equipment, including the replacement of old appliance with modern ones containing safety features.
To be eligible for a grant the customer must have: a diagnosis of dementia, be undergoing assessment for diagnosis of dementia or be receiving dementia related support from a recognised service provider.
Applications for the grants can come from either: customers and carers, who can apply directly, from health and social care professionals, housing and support services or family and friends.
Customers must be residents of the South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group area and the home the grant is requested for must be the customer’s main residence.
Referrals are made by contacting the Early Help Hub and a short referral form is completed for each case.
For more information call South Norfolk’s Early Help Hub on 01508 533933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org