Everyone who has been diagnosed with dementia has unique interests, personalities, backgrounds, values, health and emotional needs.

The Joint Dementia Initiative is aware that quality of life is about real choice and you being in control.

We know it's hard to always get it right, so we welcome both your comments and complaints . This helps us to improve out services for you.

If you would like more information about any of our services, please contact us.

Joint Dementia Initiative
Brian O’Neill, Team Manager
Dollar Park
Camelon Road
Falkirk
FK1 5RU
01324 501730

Frequently asked questions

  1. How can you help me stay at home if I have dementia?
  2. How do I arrange an assessment?
  3. What is the Home from Home service?
  4. What are short breaks for people with dementia?
  5. What is the Drop In Café?
  6. I have dementia and am aged under 65. What services are available for me?
  7. What is the One to One service?

How can you help me stay at home if I have dementia?

We can help people who have dementia stay at home for as long as possible.

If you, or someone you care for, has dementia, we can help you:

  • Find ways of keeping safe at home
  • Identify familiar routines and patterns for everyday living
  • Maintain skills, such as taking a bath, dressing or cooking
  • Learn new skills, such as computer skills to help you keep in touch or new hobbies and interests
  • Maintain friendships and relationships
  • Be involved with your local community
  • Get access to other services, such as health services
  • With advice on specific issues that are happening in your life

How do I arrange an assessment?

We will visit you at home to assess what services you need. To arrange an assessment, please contact us by emailing brian.oneill@falkirk.gov.uk or by calling us on 01324 501730.


What is the Home from Home service?

The Home from Home service gives you the chance to meet a small group of people who are having similar experiences in a homely environment. Everyone who uses this service will have received a diagnosis about their memory loss or confusion.

The Home from Home service is hosted by a home day carer. Their homes have been safety checked and they will understand what you are experiencing.

The day usually lasts from 10:00am - 3:00pm. We can arrange transport from your home, either by taxi or with a voluntary driver in a private car. If you need someone to accompany you in the car, we can arrange this.

Before you can use this service, we will visit you to tell you what happens during a Home from Home day. We will arrange for you to attend the group to see if you would like to join.

This service may be free if you are already receiving services from us.

For more information about the Home from Home service, please contact us by emailing brian.oneill@falkirk.gov.uk or by calling us on 01324 501730


What are short breaks for people with dementia?

If you, or someone you care for, has been given a diagnosis about your memory or confusion, we can arrange a short break for you. You, and your partner if you wish, can enjoy a short break in a safe, homely environment with a specially trained carer. You will be able to stay in the carer's home and take part in activities that you enjoy.

Before you stay with one of our carers, we will make sure you have been properly introduced. You can do this at your own pace as it’s important that you and your carer get to know each other well. This service may be free if we have arranged it for you.

For more information please contact us by emailing brian.oneill@falkirk.gov.uk or by calling us on 01324 501730


What is the Drop In Café?

The Drop In Café is open to anyone with a memory impairment and their carers. The café is an informal way for people to come together and share their knowledge and experiences in a way that is supportive.

The café is based in The Joint Dementia Initiative within Dollar Park. It is open between 10:30am and 3:00pm every Friday.

For more information, please contact us by emailing brian.oneill@falkirk.gov.uk or by calling us on 01324 501730


I have dementia and am aged under 65. What services are available for me?

If you are aged under 65 and have been diagnosed with dementia, we have a range of services you may want to use.

Project worker

Our full-time project worker can give you, or anyone who cares for you, guidance and support. They can help you and your family understand your condition and identify ways in which you could help each other, such as keeping safe, communicating and creating daily routines.

Support workers

We can arrange for one of our support workers to spend some time with you each week. They can help you maintain your skills and interests and stay in your job, if possible.

Second Wednesday Group

This group offers support and advice for people who have a diagnosis of early onset dementia. The group meets every second Wednesday between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. We can give you lots of information and advice and have our own library with books, tapes and DVDs that you can borrow to understand more about dementia.

Partners' Group

This group is for partners and carers to get together. We organise activities including art therapy, stress management and relaxation.

You may have to pay for some of these services. We will tell about you any costs and how to pay before you start using them.

Before you can use any of these services, we will assess your needs to find out your needs

For more information, please contact us by emailing brian.oneill@falkirk.gov.uk or by calling us on 01324 501730


What is the One to One service?

The One to One service is available to people aged over 65 with dementia. It aims to help you manage everyday tasks, maintain your relationships and friendships, and develop new ones.

To do this, one of our experienced and training support staff will visit you.

They can help you:

  • Become involved in the community where you live
  • Pursue your hobbies and interests
  • With shopping, preparing meals, having a bath, house work and prompting you to take your medication

Before you can use this service, we will visit you and agree what you would like your support worker to help you with.

For more information, please contact us by emailing brian.oneill@falkirk.gov.uk or by calling us on 01324 501730