Alzheimer's Society - North Somerset
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.
- 18 July 2018
- South West
- Health, Care
- Local Alliances:
- Portishead Dementia Action Alliance, North Somerset 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?
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 we provide the following services: Dementia Adviser, Dementia Support Workers, CrISP Information Programme, Sandford Memory Café, Tickenham Tea Dance, Singing for the Brain groups, Care2gether lunchtime club, Carers Support Groups, Active8 activity group, Coffee Mornings, Befriending Service, Active Minds cognitive stimulation group, Touch Screen Technology project.
Alzheimer’s Society has facilitated the creation of Dementia Action Alliances in North Somerset, to encourage the community to support the National Dementia Declaration and raise awareness of the needs of people with dementia and their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Dementia is higher on the public and political agenda than it has ever been. We have seen action across England to begin implementing the National Dementia Strategy. The task at hand now is to use that strong position and build on the momentum achieved by creating a broad network of individuals and organisations committed to action.
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.
There is a limited amount of funding going into dementia research compared to other major disease groups like cancer.
In a difficult economic climate we need to clearly make the case for action on dementia to achieve better outcomes in a cost effective way.
Most importantly we need to work with people with dementia, their carers and families to understand what matters most to them in order to transform quality of life for all people living with dementia.
We will continue to listen to our service users, challenge our working practices for the better and be innovative in our thinking for developing new services.
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.
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.
We will ensure that people with dementia and carers are consulted, to ensure our services meet their diverse and changing needs.