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Developing our care

Intermediate care and reablement

We use the term "intermediate care" to describe a range of integrated services designed to maximise independent living by helping you:

  • avoid going into hospital 
  • avoid going into long-term residential care before you need to
  • recover quickly from illness

The term "reablement" covers short-term home care that seeks to rebuild the skills you need to live independently and reduce your need for ongoing homecare support. It is part of the work of intermediate care services. 

Dementia strategy

Dementia is a long term condition. Most people with dementia live at home with help from friends, family and some mainstream services. The different needs of people with dementia presents a challenge for health and social care in ensuring that they receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

South Tyneside Council is collaborating with its NHS and voluntary sector partners in addressing the challenge of improving services in line with the National Dementia Strategy, and of increasing demand due to an ageing population. 

See the Dementia Local Action Plan for the what has been achieved and the plans for the future. Updates on progress with the local action plan will be available periodically. For more information see Dementia Strategy newsletter100.87KB

This Local Action Plan is the response to the National Dementia Strategy. This was published by the Department of Health in February 2009.

Introducing the Memory Protection Service

The MPS is a new dementia service for NHS patients across Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside. It will provide prompt and comprehensive assessment leading to diagnosis for people in the early stages of dementia with mild memory problems.

Patients in South Tyneside have access to a weekly clinic at Cleadon Primary Care Centre or a home visit can be arranged. If required, the team will work with professionals, carers and family members to ease a patient through the process. Referrals will normally be made via a GP to rule out other causes, but self referral is possible.

Support following diagnosis will be routinely offered, including access to pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions and support groups. The MPS will provide relevant information, prompt access to further assessment and signposting to other services able to provide help and support.  

Where to get Information and Advice pre-diagnosis 

If you are worried about a friend or family member, consider visiting NHS Trust

Further information and advice is available from:

Alzheimer's Society


The value of early diagnosis and the support available

  • Diagnosis will allow access to treatments when they are most effective in the early stages of the disease.
  • Understanding of the services that are available to people with dementia and their families/carers will enable people to access support in a timely fashion.
  • Decisions about long-term care and support needs can be made with full involvement of the person with dementia, and contingency plans put in place.

Being able to live well with dementia including support for carers/family

There is a range of information and advice available to support you and your carers to live well at home with dementia. Further help and support is available from a range of health, social care and voluntary organisations, that will enable people to remain living in the community.

All carers can receive support from community and voluntary organisations that offer free services such as:

  • Carers' crisis support service- providing 48hrs carer support if e.g. the carer is admitted to hospital.
  • Befriending services- offering regular respite for carers.
  • Training courses on how to care for someone.
  • Peer support groups- community meetings/events offering advice and practical support for family/carers in a supportive environment.
  • One-to-one support- for individuals or couples, from a trained dementia support worker.

See links for more information.


Alzheimer's Society

Carers Trust


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