Circles of Support – Supporting People Living with Dementia

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 (Circles of Support) Moor Allerton Elderly Care

What are the Aims of Circles of Support?

The aim of Circles of Support with a person with dementia is to improve their well-being by increasing their social network and so prevent illness, isolation and loneliness.  It aims to support and help people to live in their own homes for as long as possible.  Circles is also beneficial for carers as they feel supported and less alone.

What is a Circle of Support?

A Circle of Support is a group of people who provide support to a person to enable them to think about what they would like to do in their life and how to bring about any changes. The group can include family members, friends, volunteers and professionals; whoever the person identifies as key people in their life. One person is typically identified as the key person to help coordinate the group and ensure that the person who needs the support is at the centre of the discussions.

How does it Work?

A Circles of Support approach   uses person centred thinking which means that the person with       dementia is central to the group. The key person who set up the group ensures that all identified people know what each other is doing to support the person with dementia. The group meet regularly in person or using IT to ensure the person’s wishes are being carried out.

How did Circles of Support Develop?

Circles of Support for people living with dementia was piloted in the South of England over a three year period.  This Project was evaluated and found to have a significant effect on improving the quality of life of a person living with dementia. We want to find out if this method will make a difference in our area. The Circles of Support project at MAECare is funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group for two years until May 2018.

Who is Involved?

Rebecca Matthews is the Project Worker for Circles of Support and employed for 21 hours a week.  She will work with people living with dementia and their families in order to develop their social network and improve their quality of life.

How is the Project Funded?

Circles of Support Project is funded by Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group through the Third Sector Health Grants.

For more information please contact Rebecca Matthews on 0113 266 0371 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) or email rebecca@maecare.org.uk

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About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.