Central Notts. Mind first set up the Family Support Scheme in 1978 to assist families caring for an elderly confused relative at home.
The help provided through the Scheme is in the form of day care at various centres throughout Central Nott.
This kind of support is essential because, contrary to popular belief, only 10% of elderly mentally ill people receive some form of institutional care; the majority are mainly looked after by relatives within their own (or their carer's) home.
Referral to the Scheme is usually made by professionals working in Health or Social Services. However, if it is not possible to go through such channels, a private referral can be made by telephoning the MIND office on Mansfield (01623) 658044.