Royal Trinity Hospice will expand its Community Dementia Service in West London after an award from City Bridge Trust. The service will improve the quality of end of life care for people living with dementia and support for their carers.

Dementia is a condition that affects about 800,000 people in the UK.

Currently, people with dementia are less likely to access palliative care than people with other illnesses due to a lack of knowledge and specialist skills to identify and support people at the end of life.

The grant of £107,000 over three years will enable Trinity to continue its Community Dementia Service in Kensington and Chelsea after a successful pilot and expand into Hammersmith and Fulham.

A dedicated Dementia Community Nurse Specialist will be recruited to help people with dementia manage their symptoms.

The nurse will also provide advice, support and training to friends, families and professionals caring for people in the later stages of dementia.

Dallas Pounds, Trinity’s Chief Executive, said: “Reducing health inequalities for people with dementia is a key priority for us and this award will help us ensure we can reach more people who need our help at home in West London.

We look forward to working with other stakeholders in the area to ensure everyone living with dementia, and their carers, receive the best possible care as they approach the end of their lives.”

Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “Royal Trinity Hospice is doing vital work in supporting people with Dementia across seven London boroughs.

Dementia is the main cause of death for women in the UK and this grant will mean more Londoners will have access to the support they need.”

Trinity also has a dedicated weekly group for dementia patients and carers living at home as part of its Macmillan Wellbeing Programme. The hospice is also creating a specially designed area in the inpatient unit which is tailored to the needs of people with dementia.

To find out more about the full range of services or to refer someone for support, please contact our Admissions and Referrals Team.