We provide support, information and education for all people who are affected by dementia.
We provide a Community Support Liaison Officer who is available to be of service to people with dementia, carer’s and family/whanau within the Wairarapa District.
We run a day activity group in partnership with Glenwood Masonic two days per week, Iona is run from the Masonic Village Hall. A diversional therapists co-ordinates the day programme, Alzheimers Wairarapa provide volunteers to assist with the programme, we also provide transport within the urban area, this involves a volunteer driver and assistant, this also allows the Carers time to themselves.
Iona promotes companionship and social interaction for our clients.
We also run a Support Group – meetings are once a month, this time is also valuable for the carer as often we have a guest speaker.
Our CSLO can also support with: coming to terms with a diagnosis, understanding dementia, grief and loss related to change, future planning, reducing stress, reducing social isolation, managing behavioural changes, offer support for all people affected by dementia, advocate for better services for people with dementia, follow up support to review your situation and make changes where appropriate to achieve the best possible outcome.
In January 2014 we moved to rented premises at Solway Showgrounds Masterton, the Doug Lamb Building we were very fortunate to receive a Grant from Trust House for $2500 to enable us to purchase furniture for our new 3 roomed space, one room for office space, a boardroom, which is large enough for us to hold support group and volunteer meetings, plus the kitchen area is large enough for 1 on 1 meetings.
In August 2015 Trust House approved us another Grant for $2500 to assist with operating expenses including volunteer/van costs, this enables us to carry on our good work for the community.
Our organisation is not DHB, or Government funded, so we therefore very much appreciate and rely on our community support, be it subscriptions, donations, or grants.