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Patient Participation Group, Old Coulsdon Medical Practice

We are a group of patients who work with the practice to raise awareness of dementia and its impacts, encouraging and supporting action which will help to transform the quality of life of people living with dementia and those who care for them in Old Coulsdon. We set up a Support Group 18 months ago for Carers of people living with dementia in our area that is beneficial as experiences can be shared. Carers know that they have the support of the group and that they are not alone. We are also actively involved in working with Croydon CCG to improve services to the benefit of all residents living within the borough of Croydon and are working with Croydon Dementia Alliance and others with an aim to make Croydon a Dementia Friendly Town.

28 March 2017
Local Alliances:
Croydon 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?

Encouraging traders to see dementia as highly relevant to their business practices and empowering them to take action.

To work within our own organisation (PPG) to raise the profile of people living with dementia and their carers and identify changes, small or long, that will improve their experience in the areas where we work.

Provide clear and sufficient information services to support everyone living with dementia and their carers.

To work with other PPGs within Croydon to ensure that we have a strong voice of people living with dementia and their carer's throughout our journey, and use our influence to create changes within the wider community.

Dispel the misconceptions surrounding dementia.

To make our local community a Dementia Friendly environment that will be welcoming to all those living with dementia.

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

Within the PPG group we have one Dementia Champion and members who are Dementia Friends.  Our GP practice is a dementia friendly practice.  We have an understanding of dementia and its impact on individuals and their families and carers.

Our main challenge is to dispel misconceptions surrounding dementia and encourage others to see the person living with dementia as an individual first.

2. Actions