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Alzheimer's Society Kensington and Chelsea

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.

Updated:
25 June 2014
Location:
London
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Dementia Action Alliance

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?

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support, care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support for those with any form of dementia and their carers. We advise and train professionals working in the field, fund research, run quality support and care services, and campaign for improved health and social care and greater public understanding of dementia. We work in partnership with others to ensure that support is always there for people with dementia and that people receive a timely diagnosis, that the condition is understood and that people with dementia have the same rights as other members of society. We will achieve this through funding scientific breakthroughs, strengthening communities by increasing understanding of the needs of people with dementia and the contribution of carers and striving to put an end to discrimination and stigma. As part of our commitment to improving the lives of people living with dementia our Alliance is dedicated to informing and providing a greater understanding to all members of our community in order to highlight areas to which changes can be made to make a real difference to the everyday lives of people living with dementia. We strongly believe that positive inclusion and acceptance is the way forward and we would very much like to share our vision with local organisations, businesses, services and facilities that are genuinely committed to make the necessary changes in order to make Kensington and Chelsea a cohesive Dementia Friendly Community. The Dementia Action Alliance launch event is taking place on Tuesday 15th July.

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

Public awareness of dementia is rising but understanding about dementia is poor. There is limited public appreciation that it is possible to live well with dementia and to make big differences to quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. Poor understanding is something common among the general public as well as people working in health and social care services. People with dementia are diagnosed too late and families often report not receiving the information and support they need to begin living well with dementia. People with dementia often face social isolation and poor outcomes.

2. Actions

  • User Involvement

    We will ensure that people with dementia and their carers are consulted with to ensure our services meet their diverse and changing needs.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member. 

  • Education and Training

    We will ensure our staff have access to appropriate education, training and support for their role to enable them to support people accessing services in an appropriate and professional manner.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member. 

  • Innovation

    We will listen to our service users, challenge our working practices for the better and be innovative in our thinking for developing new services.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member. 

  • Raising awareness of dementia

    We are committed to raising awareness and a better understanding of dementia and providing up to date information, through leaflets, events, talks  and inviting people to become Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member. 

  • Working in partnership

    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.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping