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Alzheimer's Society - Cheshire North & St Helens

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.

Updated:
29 March 2017
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
St Helens Dementia Action Alliance , Halton Dementia Action Alliance , Warrington 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.

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 church 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.

Member contacts

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Member website

www.alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Champion public awareness of dementia

    We will champion public understanding of dementia through national and local awareness campaigns, and by supporting people with dementia to speak out and tell their own stories.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Throughout the last year we have continued to give information and raise awareness of dementia to the general public. We have supported national campaigns along with Public Health colleagues and encouraged more people to become Dementia Friends/Champions.

    We will continue to raise awareness and remove the stigma that is attached to dementia.

  • Develop and promote Dementia Friendly Communities

    We will work with local partners to develop dementia friendly communities across North Cheshire and St Helens.  We will encourage organisations, partners, businesses and individuals to become Dementia Friends and Champions and ultimately be a more dementia friendly place to live.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We will continue to work with all our council colleagues to promote Dementia Champions and Dementia Friends as a way of making St Helens more dementia friendly.

  • Develop quality information and advice services

    We will continue to develop quality information and support services for people with dementia, their carers and families through local information and support services, our website and helplines.

    We will work with community partners to enable and empower them to  develop their own dementia cafe's and support groups within community settings to reach more people with dementia.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Our services have continued to grow over the last year and we have been able to support more and more people with dementia and their carers.  We have already worked with partners to enable them to set up their own dementia cafes and activity groups and we would like to empower more to do the same, giving people more choice for support within their own community. 

  • Develop Links With GP Surgeries

    We would like to develop closer working relationships with GP surgeries.  As memory clinics are transferring  people with dementia back to the care of their GP for the perscribing of dementia medication and ongoing care; we would like to ensure that additional support is avaiable and that practices know what additional support is avaiable.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We have delevered a range of awareness and Dementia Friends sessions at GP Protected Learning Time events in St Helens and Halton.

    We are working with CCG's on the Map of Medicine model for Halton to enable GP's to refer into support.