Our Case Managers understand that every person’s journey with dementia is different. Just as with any relationship, caring for someone with dementia will involve moments of sheer joy and good-humour, love and compassion, and moments where patience, understanding and energy are running low. We want to help.
It’s a big step to invite someone into your home. We know you need us to be confidential, reliable and trustworthy. We will tread lightly, taking our lead from you, and offer you as much knowledge, support and compassion as is possible along your journey with dementia.
Our expertise comes from a range of experiences: from managing in care homes and running dementia-centred community groups, to caring for our own family members living with dementia.
We are supported by an Advisory Group of leaders and mentors with specialist background experience. We are DBS-checked with professional indemnity insurance.
Please note that our consultants are not domiciliary care providers nor are they clinicians – we can source and liaise with any health and social care professionals you need to live well with dementia
Alise Kirtley – Independent Case Manager, Dementia Home Consultancy Group Founder & CEO
Alise Kirtley works independently on a variety of projects that aim to support people living with dementia, their family and professional carers, to flourish. Alise has worked as a Culture Change Manager and Practice Development Consultant with care homes; lead training and awareness workshops for professional carers, nurses, and family carers; lead and contributed to research for Innovations in Dementia, The Bigger Boat for Ageing and Dementia, and My Home Life; and is a visiting researcher at the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at City University to support the development of digital technologies to enhance person-centred dementia care. Outside of work, Alise enjoys music, hiking and travel. View my LinkedIn Profile
Val Degiorgio – Independent Case Manager
Val has 30 years of experience working in statutory social care. After 6 years working in a residential home for older people Val went on to be a Home Care Manager, responsible for setting up care packages, matching carers with clients of all ages and supervising staff. Val later trained as a social worker, qualifying in 1997 and went on to become a senior practitioner and a team manager.
In 2006, Val moved into practice development as a subject matter expert supporting the local authority with improving practice and processes. She worked on various projects including work on refining practice around residential placements/funding, self-directed support, and budget management. She became a consultant practitioner, where she used her knowledge and expertise to support managers and teams with complex issues and to resolve complaints.
With the introduction of the Care Act, Val returned to front line social work in 2015 to manage a Working Age Adults team, providing assessment and care management to adults with physical and/or learning disabilities.
Val is an accredited practice educator, and has mentored numerous social work students who are now successful social work practitioners and managers. She is also a qualified best interest assessor with good knowledge of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and the Mental Capacity Act. Val is an experienced manager and has a Level 5 Institute of Leadership and Management qualification.
In her spare time, Val is a keen member and volunteer with the National Trust.
Val brings with her a wealth of knowledge around statutory social work, the Care Act and related legislation, putting her in a strong position to navigate the various health and social care systems that people living with dementia and their families encounter.
Toby Williamson – Independent Consultant, Adult and Older People’s Mental Health; Dementia Mental Capacity and Safeguarding Associate, Centre for Citizenship and Community, University of Central Lancashire
Toby has 29 years’ experience working in and managing frontline mental health services, research, evaluation and service development, policy work, including ten years of working in the field of dementia. For fourteen years he worked at the Mental Health Foundation, a UK-wide, social research, service development and public affairs charity where he had several senior positions. He led its work on adult and older people’s mental health, dementia and mental capacity. This work included policy and practice projects involving research, development, and consultation on peer support, dementia friendly communities, involvement networks for people with dementia, disability rights and dementia, truth telling and dementia, personalisation and best interests. He also led a national campaign for a Mental Capacity Act in England and Wales and for 18 months worked in government to support the implementation programme for the Act.
Prior to working at the Mental Health Foundation Toby worked in and managed a variety of community based mental health services for people with severe and enduring mental health problems. This included setting up and managing one of the first multi-disciplinary ‘assertive outreach’ teams in the country, working with homeless people, and managing a variety of supported housing schemes, as well as developing and delivering practitioner training in these areas. He is a published book author and has written numerous articles and book chapters. He also has personal experience of dementia and mental health issues.