Dementia Waikato is a Charitable Trust providing support and information throughout the Greater Waikato Region, for people affected by dementia. Our trained and specialist staff are caring and knowledgeable.

Dementia Waikato provides information, education, ongoing support, advice and personal advocacy for people experiencing dementia, their families/whanau and those who are close to them. A diagnosis of dementia brings up may issues for a person and their supporters. Dementia Waikato helps people to negotiate their way forward in ways that suit their unique experience and circumstances. 

How Can We Help?

Dementia Waikato provides:

  • Home visits and telephone support
  • Care partner support groups throughout the region
  • Advice about community support
  • Family Education sessions to help understand how a person experiences dementia and develop strategies and skills to support everyone's wellbeing.
  • Living with memory loss programmes
  • Activity groups for people with dementia
  • Information about forms of dementia
  • Community awareness talks
  • Training for residential care facility staff and in-home carer

Support Services

Family Education

Dementia Waikato provides education to people with dementia and their families/whanau in a number of ways, including:

  • One-on-one sessions with either the person with dementia or family members.
  • Specific family group sessions (including special sessions for children and young people).
  • Training for residential care facility staff and in-home paid carers.
  • Information and awareness sessions about dementia for community organisations.

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Awareness Talks

Dementia Waikato staff present awareness talks to community groups [Lions, Grey Power, Churches/Maraes, Garden clubs etc.] on a variety of subjects.  These include a General Understanding of Dementia, Memory Strategies, Supporting others in the Community,  and Protective Factors.  To request a  guest speaker from us, please email info@dementiawaikato.org.nz, or telephone us.

In Service Training

In Service Training for Rest Home staff or community workers. These can be customised to the needs of the organisation but popular topics are “ Understanding dementia related behaviours” ; “ Communicating with a Person with Dementia” and “Interacting Positively with People with Dementia.”

Carer Support Groups

Dementia Waikato Carepartner Support Groups are for people who are providing support for a person living with dementia at home. Most participants are spouses, partners, or family members providing day-to-day support. Facilitated by a Dementia Waikato Support Coordinator (a Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, or Social Worker) who has specific dementia expertise.

 

Individualised Support

Our support co-ordinators visit clients and their family/whanau in the home and then follow up with regular phone calls and or emails or letters.  In this way they can offer support, advice  and coping strategies specific to the needs of a particular client. This ensures that people are given ongoing support throughout the various stages of the dementia.

Other Services

Our Support Coordinators inform clients about other community services for which they are eligible, and help them to access these.

Information Pamphlets

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Activity Groups

Music Group

This weekly group is open to our clients and their carer partners, if the care partner chooses to stay. However, if the person with dementia is not physically fit, or may be unsafe in any way we ask that the care partner always remains with him/her.

  • No musical ability needed – just come and enjoy this time with us.
  • Morning tea is included.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and “safe” shoes.

Walking group

This weekly group takes place at the Hamilton gardens and participants end off their walk with a cuppa and socialisation at the café.

  • Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • We suggest bringing a bottle of water to drink and a light snack.

Art Group

The Art Group is facilitated by our wonderful and talented volunteer, Suzy McPhail. The Art Group is of necessity kept small and there is a waiting list.  Clients/carers should speak to their Support Coordinator if they wish to join this group.

  • Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • These classes are very popular, so please call to make sure there is a vacancy before arriving.

Coffee Club

Once a month clients and care partners are invited to join us for a morning of good conversation and laughter over a cuppa.