Dementia Services

CARIAD is a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and Hospice of the Valleys, working in Blaenau Gwent. Working together with existing care professionals, we aim to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia. Our Clinical Nurse Specialist, Social Worker and Dementia Support Worker combine their expertise to support palliative and end of life care needs.

CARIAD patients and carers can access all standard Hospice services as well as:

Dementia Support Activity Group

CARIAD holds an activity support group at its base in Ebbw Vale, every Thursday for patients already known to the Service. It is an informal setting where patients and carers can access support from the clinical nurse specialist, social worker, dementia support worker and complementary therapist. Activities include music therapy, art, gardening, guest speakers and is a place where carers can access support amongst peers.

Dementia Friends Awareness 

The CARIAD Service can provide free dementia friendly awareness sessions for carers, schools, business’s or place of work which will enable our community to become more dementia aware. For further information on this service please contact the CARIAD team on 01495 717277

Harold's Story

Pam Hopkins experienced first-hand the support that the hospice and more specifically the CARIAD service could offer. Her husband Harold was initially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in December 2014, however this later changed to Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsonism. Originally Pam was reluctant to receive support, but she praised the patience of the nurse who persevered so that Harold and the rest of the family could access the support they needed almost two years later.

“The nurse was wonderful and would ring me every month to see how Harold was and to check on how me and my daughter Sarah were coping”.

Over time the clinical team developed a strong relationship with Pam and Sarah and made them aware of the varied support that the hospice and the CARIAD service could provide for them all.

The whole family were able to benefit from not only practical support, but the Hospice at Home service enabled Pam and Sarah to have a break for a few hours or to get a good night’s sleep. Both Harold and Sarah also benefited greatly from reflexology. The therapist was also able to provide emotional support for Pam who would look forward to her visits at home.

“The hospice’s intervention came at a critical time for us and my husband was very well looked after at the end of his life by the hospice team”.