Help with Dementia

We provide support for people affected by dementia, their carers and families: 

  • at our respite centre
  • in your own home
  • by community outreach.

Residential respite

Anam Cara is our specialist dementia respite centre based at Stoneyholm Road, Kilbirnie. Accommodating up to 14 guests within single room en-suite accommodation for periods of 1 to 21 nights.

Staffed by trained care practitioners, guests can participate in activities which promote independence, wellbeing, mental stimulation, a sense of purpose or achievement and physical mobility.

Accessing Anam Cara

You can use Anam Cara for respite if you:

  • are aged 60 years or over
  • have a diagnosis, or probable diagnosis of dementia
  • have had a single shared assessment undertaken
  • have a home to return to on completion of the support break

An assessment of need can be requested from your local Health and Social Care Partnership office. Where possible, a carer's assessment should also be provided. If you are already in receipt of services you should contact your care manager to see if this service would benefit you.

Respite at Anam Cara is subject to a flat rate charge, your care manager will be able to tell you more. Please see our Anam Cara leaflet (PDF, 1.1mb).

Dementia Support Service

The Dementia Support Service provides advice, information and specialist support, at home or in the local community, on a short term basis.

We provide rehabilitation services including personal care to help you to remain in your home for as long as possible.

We work with partners from health and the voluntary sector, providing a support network by facilitating education and post-diagnostic support groups.

Accessing the Dementia Support Service

If you or someone you care for has a diagnosis of dementia you can contact us. We can arrange a home visit to introduce our service and see how you could benefit from it – this may involve arranging for an assessment of your needs. Information on accessing our service can be found in our blog, our Dementia Support Services leaflet (PDF, 2.46mb) or by visiting one of our memory cafes. There is no charge for dementia support services.

Memory café

Our memory café is an outreach service where carers, service users, practitioners and guest speakers are brought together in a relaxed environment. Listening to your experiences can help us shape our services. 

You don't need an appointment, just drop in. Times and venues are posted on our dementia blog.

Guest speaker, Tommy Whitelaw's life was turned upside down when his mother was diagnosed with dementia. Tommy shares his experience in a short film.

Keep in touch

More information

Contact Dementia Support



01294 602720

01505 684371 - Respite Services