Dementia Services

The CARIAD Service within Hospice of the Valleys supports people in Blaenau Gwent living with a dementia diagnosis, who require specialist palliative dementia care which is not provided by general health and social care professionals.  This support may be due to complex situations arising from diagnosis, symptoms, carer needs or future planning.  Working collaboratively with care professionals from other agencies, we aim to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia, and those impacted by the diagnosis.  Our multi-disciplinary team combine their knowledge and expertise to enable people to live well with dementia.

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

Dementia Support Activity Group

CARIAD holds an activity support group, every Thursday for patients already known to the Service.  It is an informal setting where patients and carers can access support from the multi-disciplinary team.  Stimulating and reminiscing activities include music therapy, art, gardening, guest speakers and is a place where carers can access support amongst peers.

Anticipatory Grief Group – Dementia Through the Carer Lens

This is a specific group to support carers and family members of someone living with a dementia diagnosis.  The purpose of the group is to provide a safe environment where carers are able to discuss their feelings of grief and loss related to their loved ones dementia diagnosis.  The group runs for 6 weeks and during this time a variety of topics will be covered including self-care, future planning, grief and loss as well as any topics brought by those attending.

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

Therapeutic Photography

Therapeutic Photography are photo-based activities that are self-initiated, carried out by individuals or as part of an organised group or study, where no formal therapy is taking place and no therapist or counsellor needs to be involved. Focus on Dementia is a Therapeutic Photography project for patients and their families living with dementia during which professional photographs will be taken and family photo archives reviewed to build up a memory photo book and to share with other participants in the project. The aims of the project are:-
• Increasing self-knowledge, awareness and well-being
• Improving relationships between family members and others
• Activating positive change

• Reducing social exclusion
• Assisting rehabilitation
• Reducing conflict