Dementia Services

What is CARIAD?

CARIAD is a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and Hospice of the Valleys, working in Blaenau Gwent.


Working together and with existing care professionals we aim to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia.

Our Clinical Nurse Specialist, Social Worker and Dementia Support Worker combine the expertise of two organisations to support the palliative and end of life care for people living with dementia

CARIAD can provide access to:

• Specialist Nurses & Medical Support
• Specialist Social Workers
• Welfare Rights Advisors
• Complementary Therapy
• Physiotherapy
• Chaplaincy
• Hospice at Home Service
• Dementia Support Activity Group
• Dementia Support Workers
• Community Support Workers
• Volunteer Befrienders
• Dementia Cafe
• Carers & Information Support
• Activity Groups
• Peer Support Groups
• Advocacy


Dementia Support Activity Group

CARIAD holds an activity support group at its base in Ebbw Vale, every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm for patients already known to the Service.  It is an informal setting where patients and carers can access support from the nurse specialist, social worker, dementia support worker and complementary therapist.  Activates include music therapy, art, gardening, guest speakers and is a place where carers can access support amongst peers.

Dementia Friends Awareness

The CARIAD Service can provide free dementia friendly awareness sessions to your school, business or place of work which will enable our community to become more dementia aware.  For further information get in touch on 01495 717277.

Dementia Friends awareness is about turning understanding into action.

Facts & Information

  • Dementia is an umbrella term, there are many different types of dementia. Some of the most common types are: Alzheimer’s, vascular, mixed and frontal lobe. #CARIAD
  • There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise over 1 million by 2025. #CARIAD
  • Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain but is NOT a natural part of ageing. #CARIAD
  • There are over 40,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK. #CARIAD
  • Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. #CARIAD
  • 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes. #CARIAD
  • Dementia is not just about losing your memory and can affect each person in different ways. #CARIAD
  • With the right support it is possible to live well with dementia! #CARIAD

""Aiming to improve palliative and end of life care for people living with Dementia""


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