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Alzheimer's Society - Sutton

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity. We provide services, fund research and advise health and social care professionals. Working nationally and locally, we campaign for improved care and greater awareness and understanding of dementia

Updated:
3 November 2015
Location:
London
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Health, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Sutton 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?

The Alzheimer’s Society Sutton has a team of staff available for an extensive range of support for people with dementia and their carers. Dementia Advisers are situated in the Memory Service and GP surgeries to give post diagnostic information and advice. The team of Dementia Support Workers are available for advice and support for people with dementia and their carers providing home visits; drop ins, telephone and email correspondence they also arrange peer support groups and cafes. In addition to this we run regular educational programmes for both carers and people with dementia to live well.  Our Information Service also extends to raising awareness all over the borough and collaborating with organisations to make Sutton more dementia friendly.

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.

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.

Member website

alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions

  • To encourage GPs to be more dementia aware, give timely diagnosis and support GPs with diagnostic support

    To encourage GPs to be more dementia aware, give timely diagnosis and support GPs with diagnostic support

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Develop a Dementia Friendly Focus Group to allow people affected by dementia get their voice heard.

    We will set up a dementia friendly focus group consisting of service users  who are willing to look at the physical environment of Sutton regarding it becoming dementia friendly community. This will involve examining the High Street for signage, toilets, pavements, seating etc. Visiting libraries, community spaces , leisure facilities, shops etc to look at the barriers and find solutions and gain some good practice examples to report to the DAA Steering Group and the Health and Wellbeing Board.

    Status:
    Completed
  • Develop a toolkit for Dementia Champions in organisations in Sutton.

    The Dementia Friendly Communities project is a social movement with everyone bringing their expertise together. In order to make this a success we would like to see ‘Champions’ in all organisations assisting all staff to adapt services appropriately. We would therefore provide a toolkit to assist with this and offer help and support and additional literature to enable the champions meet their objectives. 

    Status:
    Completed