Dementia support guide for councils

This publication highlights some notable and innovative practice by councils in supporting people living with dementia after their diagnosis | Local Government Association | Dementia Action Alliance

The guide offers the following Key learning points:

1. Engage with people with dementia. A forum or regular meeting with people with dementia is an excellent way to build self-sustaining networks and help shape services. Local people often don’t have an awareness of all support in the community. Ensure all feedback and actions from the forum are well publicised. By doing this people feel listened to and actions are taken as a consequence.

2. Offer information in a range of ways. Design information in partnership with people with dementia and/or representative organisations.

3. Build a dementia friendly community. Work with local partners in business, health, the voluntary sector and across local authority departments to ensure that your local area is dementia friendly.

4. The ability to work positively in collaboration across partners and establish common goals of practitioners is crucial.

5. It is beneficial to have an awareness of likely demand on service in order to plan effectively.

6. Consistent workforce development is essential for shared understanding and awareness of services across all sectors.

7. People with dementia and their carers are given the opportunity to think about what ‘home’ means and plan for their future housing needs, alongside financial planning.

8. Informal settings are important for delivering information to people who might not naturally identify dementia in themselves or a loved one.

Full document: Dementia Post diagnosis support

Local Authorities urged to make personal budgets dementia friendly

Deep-seated misconception of personal budgets and dementia is preventing local authorities from delivering person-centred care | Alzheimer’s Society

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Alzheimer’s Society is calling on all local authorities in England to urgently break down the barriers preventing people with dementia accessing personal budgets.

Fewer than a third of people receiving social care support for problems with memory and cognition have a personal budget, despite the government’s aspirations for a person-centred care and support system. The Care Act gives everyone who is receiving support from social services the legal right to a personal budget, offering them greater choice and control over their care and support.

An Alzheimer’s Society audit of local authorities’ personal budgets processes has highlighted how the majority are falling at the first hurdle, with many failing to make people with dementia aware of their entitlement to a personal budget.

Read the full overview here

Read the guide here