As part of the East Dunartonshire Dementia Network, Ceartas works with local GP Surgeries to offer support, information and access to advocacy to patients living with dementia at the point of their annual dementia review.
Ceartas staff meet with patients and their carers in the familiar surroundings of their GP Surgery, to offer support for some of the non-clinical aspects of living well with dementia. We work to build a relationship with the people meet, so that they trust us to deal with issues like:
- Applying for Attendance Allowance.
- Applying for a Council Tax Reduction or -Exemption.
- Applying for a Blue Badge.
- Understanding behaviour- and mood changes.
Ceartas also welcomes the opportunity to speak with staff at GP Surgeries about how we can support their patients, through independent advocacy, providing information, and referring patients to both statutory and third-sector services. This frees up valuable time for clinical staff, but at the same time enhances the service that patients receive from the GP Surgery.
For more information about how Ceartas can support GP Surgeries, please contact us.
There is always someone there at Ceartas for me, no matter who takes the call.
I am usually apprehensive about contacting organisations in fear of being passed pillar to post. I was delighted when I contacted Ceartas: although I didn’t need advocacy, you talked me through local services that I needed.
It’s a really tricky role you’ve had in this case but you’ve done so effectively.
Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It’s appreciated more than you will know.
I live quite a long distance away from my sister. When she needed to get some more support in place for her dementia, the information about local services and support that you were able to give me was invaluable. I can't thank you enough.
When I call Ceartas everyone is always so kind and helpful. They are all a really good group of people.
Absolutely thrilled with the service. I wish my family all stayed in East Dunbartonshire and could access it!
Thanks for discussing things and then sending us some information in the post: we have now started the Power of Attorney process.
After waiting months, you got the ball rolling with a number of things and for that I thank you.
Thank you for your support at the last meeting. It’s great having somebody independent in my corner: not sure what I would have done or where I would be otherwise.
Thanks so much, this is almost a miracle! Can you do anything for Partick Thistle while you’re at it?
I didn't know that there was anything I could do about my situation, let alone that I had options. I feel so much better knowing that I can turn to Ceartas for information when I need it.
It's really nice to know that someone is listening to me and taking me seriously. Other people seem to think that my problems are trivial and aren't worth bothering about, but that is not true. My Advocacy Worker helped me to make my point in such a way that I couldn't be ignored, and now things are starting to improve as a result.
I felt like I was facing a brick wall until I started receiving support and information from Ceartas. The outcome of that has led to a much better relationship with the rest of the family, and now we are all pulling in the same direction.
Even a ten minute chat on the phone made me feel so much better. I was becoming frustrated and annoyed at not getting what I needed from services, but talking to my Advocacy Worker kept me grounded and stopped me from losing the rag with anyone.
I can pick up the phone and advocacy support is always there, ready to listen and help me understand things better.