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The community support team can assist people with:

  • understanding dementia
  • coming to terms with a diagnosis
  • adapting to changes within relationships
  • grief and loss related to change
  • future planning
  • reducing stress and social isolation
  • managing behavioural changes
  • legal and financial issues
  • abuse/neglect.

One of our community workers can arrange to meet you and/or your family/whanau at your home or at the Alzheimers Marlborough Centre to discuss your situation, including any concerns and needs you may have. Community support enables you to access information, educational courses, and materials and services from Alzheimers Marlborough and the wider community. Based on your choices and unique situation, a community worker will advocate on your behalf when necessary and will assist you in coping with change, in order to achieve the best outcome possible.

Referrals for community support can come via the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation team, GPs and Practice Nurses, Psychiatric Services for the elderly, and any other service within the NMDHB. You may also self-refer in order to access community work support by speaking to a community worker at the Alzheimers Marlborough Centre situated at 8 Wither Road, within our opening hours (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30 am to 4.00 pm) or by calling 03 5776172.

Alongside individual and family casework, our community workers also facilitate support and social groups throughout the year at the Alzheimers Marlborough Centre to maximise the support and information available to clients.