Merton Council launches engagement on proposed changes to older people’s dementia services

Merton Council wants to provide the best services possible for older people with dementia and additional needs, their families and carers.

The contract with Alzheimer’s Society has been extended so that residents can continue to benefit from the specialised care provided, which has been recognised as a model of best practice.

As part of setting a balanced budget for the coming year, one proposal is to close Eastway Day Centre in Morden and seek to join 2 services together to offer an enhanced community-based model at the Dementia Hub in Mitcham and in other parts of the community. We understand this may be different to the current services, however we are determined to continue to meet the needs of our residents.

We want to ensure all views are heard to inform the final decision on the future of day opportunities for older people in Merton. A detailed questionnaire has been sent to all customers and carers of Eastway Day Centre.

Merton Council commissions the Alzheimer’s Society to provide Community Dementia Services including the Dementia Hub in Mitcham. The Dementia Hub has developed over the last year to incorporate a building-based and outreach model for community dementia services. We are continuing to work with Alzheimer’s Society to develop an enhanced community service for people throughout their dementia journey. The Community Dementia Services will provide community-based support, Dementia Hub-based activities, information, advice and education for people with dementia, wellbeing assessment and support planning, peer support and information, advice and education for carers, dementia friendly communities and volunteer support.

We want to hear from residents with dementia and older people with additional needs, their families, carers, services that support older people including people with dementia and other people that support Dementia Friendly Communities.

Complete the consultation questionnaire here.