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Dementia support in Westminster

On this page you will find information on available advice and support for people living with dementia or those caring for them

Published: 14 May 2021

Last updated: 15 June 2021

Dementia strategy

Westminster City Council and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea worked with over 170 residents living with dementia and their carers on all aspects of our joint Dementia Plan 2020- 2025. 

We are committed to improving the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. In the Dementia Plan you will find that living well with dementia is about much more than just getting the right health and social care. It’s about ensuring the whole community - transport, shopping, sports, arts and leisure, housing and more - are all dementia-aware and can support people to live well in our communities.

Our key commitments are: 

  • raising awareness of dementia and ways to reduce the risk 
  • providing personalised, timely and high-quality services 
  • creating a community that is dementia-friendly 
  • giving unpaid carers good support 

Here you can find the Dementia Plan 2020- 2025 alongside a summary of useful information and links to support throughout the various stages of dementia, from getting a diagnosis onwards.

View the latest version of our Dementia Plan:

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Dementia Plan 2020 to 2025 PDF, 7.64 MB, 48 pages
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Dementia support leaflet PDF, 400.72 KB, 2 pages

What is dementia

Dementia is different for different people. The Alzheimer’s Society explains what dementia is in this article.

You can also find a description of symptoms of different types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia, on the NHS dementia webpage.

Getting a diagnosis

Westminster City Council has a Memory Assessment Service which provides assessments and diagnosis of dementia and ongoing support and information. You will need a referral from your GP to use this service.

The service is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (closed on public holidays)

  • address: 42 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5PH
  • telephone: 020 3317 3666
  • email: [email protected]

Getting help and support

Dementia advisors

A Dementia advisor provides 1-1 support on living with, or caring for someone with dementia.

Age UK

Age UK provides local advice on dementia care, funding care provisions and entitlement to benefits.

Westminster City Council Adult Social Care Department

If you or someone else need further care and support, contact Westminster City Council Adult Social Care Department. You can request a needs assessment which will determine the best way the council can support you.

People First

People First is provided in association with Westminster’s Adult Social Care team. Providing information from your local community including services, events and guidance.

Admiral Nurses

Admiral Nurses are specialist nurses offering one-to-one support to carers of people living with dementia. Ask your GP if you would like to be referred to an Admiral Nurse.

  • telephone: 020 3317 4175

Carers Network

Carers Network provides Carers Assessments and reviews, advice and guidance on being a carer via a phone service.

  • Telephone: 020 8960 3033

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for Council Tax Exemption on our website.

Eligibility typically applies to a person living with dementia who is receiving benefits outlined on the website under ‘severely mentally impaired discount’ or a Carer discount.

Carers of someone living with dementia can apply for a Carer’s Allowance.

Find out more about Carer's Allowances through the Carers Network.

Alternatively you can apply for an Attendance Allowance which helps with extra costs if you need someone to look after you or someone you know.

Find out more information about Attendance Allowance

Activities for people living with dementia

Day Centre

For people in Westminster, this centre offers support, therapies and activities, which can help people to regain skills, reduce confusion and encourage social interaction.

  • address: Dementia and Memory Resource Centre, 42 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5PH
  • telephone: 020 3117 1781

Attendance is subject to eligibility following an assessment from the Westminster Adult Social Care team:

Resonate Arts

Resonate Arts offer a monthly ‘Art at Home’ newsletter with activities, information and exercises to try at home, delivered via post or email. Their creative befrienders continue to support people over the phone.