Alzheimer's Society - Devon Dementia Support Service

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website and more than 2000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive. Locally in Devon we provide the following services: Devon Dementia Support Service, Dementia Advisers - information and guidance to people with dementia and carers through our dementia helpline, Dementia Support Workers, Memory Matters education programme, Peer Support, Dementia Cafe/Activity Group, Singing for the Brain and User Involvement.

Updated:
10 December 2015
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Clinical Commissioning Group, Health, Local Authorities, Other, Voluntary Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA)

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Action 1:     

Title: Raising an awareness of dementia in the wider community

Description:     

We are committed to raising awareness and a better understanding of dementia.  This is achieved by providing up to date information, through leaflets, events including dementia awareness week and the roadshow bus, talks, stands and inviting people to become Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions.

Action 2:     

Title: Working in partnership

Description:     

We are committed to working with partners across the community to share resources, avoid duplication and deliver cohesive, joined up services to people with dementia and their carers in the community. We have a partnership arrangement with Devon Partnership Trust to co-deliver post diagnosis sessions and Memory Matters education sessions

Action 3:     

Title: Involving people with dementia

Description:  We continue to consult with people with dementia and/or their carers regarding services that they receive. We have an established leadership groups in Torbay and Plymouth which are for people with a diagnosis of dementia to take an active role in influencing local activities both strategic and service delivery wise. We are looking into a potential partnership opportunity in order to establish one in the Exeter and East Devon area.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

There may be some challenges around capacity for local staff to attend regular meetings. However, we will endeavour to support the local alliance where we can.  This will include providing information.  We are committed to working collaboratively with partners in the local community to achieve better outcomes for people with dementia and their carer’s in the community.  All Alzheimer's Society staff are Dementia Friends.

Member contacts

www.alzheimers.org.uk

Member website

www.alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions