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Dementia Canterbury
Home Help and Personal Care/Assistance
3/49 Sir William Pickering Drive
Christchurch 8053
(03) 379 2590, 0800 444 776
(03) 379 7286
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Making life better for all people affected by dementia
Service Description
Service Description
Dementia Canterbury provides information, education and specialised social work support to people with dementia, their family/whanau and friends, who are often their carers. We also offer information and education to the public, health and associated professions about dementia. Our services include:

Social Work and Education:
Social Workers and Education Co-ordinators are available to provide information, education, advocacy and other support as appropriate.

Ashburton/West Coast:
One –two days per week a Social Worker is based in Ashburton to provide social work support; groups and a cafe get-together.
One week in four a Social Worker is based on the West Coast to provide social work support; groups and a cafe get-together.

Carers’ Support Groups:
Carers’ Support groups meet monthly to provide support to carers and families of people with dementia; there are groups in Christchurch, Rangiora and Ashburton including the under 65’s carers group in Christchurch for carers of those with younger onset dementia.

Memory Group—Weekly and Monthly:
Memory Group is a group for people with dementia where they can meet others, share their experiences and exchange ideas for managing on a day to day basis.

Post Placement Group:
A group for carers whose relative or friend with dementia has recently moved to residential care.

Volunteer Programme run by the Volunteer Co-ordinator:
Trained volunteers can provide valuable in-home support to allow carers a break (conditions apply). People with dementia living alone comment that this programme enables them to undertake activities they can no longer do on their own.

Community Education Seminars:
Community Education Seminars cover a range of topics of interest to carers, families and friends; morning seminars are on the 4th Tuesday of most months; evening seminars are also held.

Making a Difference:
Making a Difference is a free educational course available for families and friends supporting people diagnosed with dementia. Learn more about dementia, communication strategies, sharing the caring and skills associated with understanding and responding to behaviours.

Social Programme:
A programme of planned social events for people with dementia/family coordinated by the Social Work Team.

Now! Café / Community Cafes:
The Now! Café is run by our volunteers and is a monthly get together where all people affected by dementia, their carers, family, whanau and friends can socialise. Venue is Wigram Airforce Museum. The Community Cafes are get-togethers held at small cafes to bring together people with dementia who live in the same community. Currently held at cafes in New Brighton, Sumner Bishopdale, Kaiapoi and Ashburton - contact our office for more information regarding any of these Cafes.

In-service Education Sessions:
For people working in residential care settings with people with dementia, these sessions are also suitable for other professionals whose work brings them into contact with people with memory loss; a list of topics is available on request, other topics can be arranged. Dementia the basics is a one day course for anyone open to or interested in gaining understanding of dementia – certificates of completion are provided.

School Education:
Speakers are available to provide education to students and staff.

We have a comprehensive library of books for loan. Check out our Website www.dementiacanterbury.org.nz & Facebook page.

Total Mobility Voucher Scheme:
As an agent for this scheme we can provide subsidised taxi transport vouchers (conditions apply).

Identity bracelets:
A bracelet or army tag that can be engraved with a person’s contact details.

Information about Assisted Technology:
The WandaTrak Tracking System is used by Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) and NZ Police to search for people living with Dementia / Autism who regularly wander from their place of residence. Conditions apply.

A program of art appreciation run jointly with the Christchurch City Art Gallery.

For more information on these and other services, or to inquire about membership, please contact Dementia Canterbury

Updated: 21 Jul 2017
Suburbs/Districts/Towns Serviced
Suburbs/Districts/Towns Serviced
Cover the wider Canterbury area including Banks Peninsula, the central city and as far north as Kaikoura; also the West Coast and Mid Canterbury areas.
Updated: 14 Aug 2013
Personal Assistance
Personal Assistance
TypeSelf FundedSubsidisedAfter Hours
Sitter Service/Companions Yes No No Volunteer companions available at times.
Updated: 6 Aug 2013
Specialities or Areas of Expertise.
Specialities or Areas of Expertise.
Specialities or Areas of Expertise.StatusDetails
Social Work Yes
Updated: 6 Aug 2013
CompanionshipSelf FundedSubsidisedAfter Hours
Day Programme (Dementia Care) No No No We are able to refer you to services within our area who do provide Day Care facilities
Club/Drop in Centre Yes No No Carers groups where you can talk within a confidential group of people who also look after those affected with Dementia. No costs involved
Visiting Service Yes No No Trained & experienced caring Community Workers available to visit you in your home
Activities/Exercise Programme Yes No No Memory Loss Groups for those in the early stages of Dementia. Make a Difference Courses run regularly to inform & educate those who look after a person with Dementia. Monthly open education meetings on related topics.
Updated: 21 Jul 2017
Subsidy Details
Subsidy Details
Most services at Dementia Canterbury are at no cost however to gain Taxi Mobility Card, annual membership is required. We are a not for profit organisation which relies on community grants and membership fees to be able to offer education and support within our community.
Updated: 21 Jul 2017
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership
Credentials & Membership RCStatusDetails
Other details Yes ANZASW - All social workers have full professional membership.
Updated: 21 Jul 2017