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Former care home owner tries to save dementia centre

There have been crisis meetings between Devon County Council and those who rely on many of the local authority's care homes.

This afternoon the council was told that the Oakwell specialist dementia centre in Barnstaple is a lifeline and there's no realistic alternative in the area. Devon is proposing to close its own care homes and other social service centres to try to save £2 million.

Rachel Holmes, the home's former manager says it's the wrong time to be shutting down dementia services.

Boost to Devon dementia group

by Claire Manning

A campaign in Devon to help people living with dementia and alzheimers has been given a huge boost in profile and funding after joining forces with a national company that provides advice for older people about their care and retirement needs.

The Torbay Dementia Action Alliance was set up just over a year and a half ago to try to make more people aware of how to treat people living with dementia in their communities.

Now with the support and funding of the company Ostrich Care, it's already been able to take its message even further.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a dementia ambassador, visit the group's website here


Dementia sufferers keeping rescue group busy

Dartmoor Rescue Group is spending half of its time searching for people with dementia. Credit: ITV News West Country

A unit set up to rescue missing walkers on Dartmoor is spending half of its time searching for people with dementia.

The growing numbers of people with alzheimers and dementia in the community have led to the additional workload on the Dartmoor Rescue Group.

National award for East Devon dementia service

Team leader Gaynor Appleby with centre users Credit: Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Two centres in East Devon have won a prestigious national award for their work helping people with dementia. The Rowan and Linden Centres in Ottery St Mary gained the Innovation and Best Practice Award from the Community Hospitals Association.

The Rowan Centre carries out assessments, with support for carers and relatives. The Linden Centre provides activities and respite care. Both get referrals from the Ottery, Honiton and Sidmouth areas. They are managed by Gaynor Appleby, team leader for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Plymouth youngsters to learn about dementia

Angela Rippon opened Plymouth's new dementia care home on Friday. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Fresh from opening a residential home for people with dementia in Plymouth, television presenter Angela Rippon is back in her home city today to help children learn more about the condition.

The youngsters will be taught how to spot the signs and the impact it can have on their family.

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