People with dementia and their friends and family in Kensington and Chelsea will now have better access to palliative and end of life care following a successful bid to West London CCG.

Statistically people with dementia are less likely to access palliative care than people with other illnesses. This is because dementia is not often seen as a progressive, life-limiting illness and there is a lack of specialist skills to identify and support people with dementia who are approaching the end of their lives. 

The funding for the 12-month pilot will enable Trinity to employ a Community Dementia Nurse who will support people with dementia and their carers to plan for the future. Crucially, the service will help people manage symptoms like pain, aggression or anxiety including identifying when people are in pain but are unable to communicate it.

The service also provides advice and support to friends, families and professionals caring for people in the later stages of dementia.

The new services builds on Trinity's successful Community Dementia pilot in Wandsworth. 

If you or someone you care for would benefit from this support, or to find our more about how Trinity supports people with dementia, please call 020 7787 1000 or email enquiries@trinityhospice.org.uk .