Dementia is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and, over the coming years, many people accessing council services will either have dementia or will know someone who does.
Being dementia friendly is about being aware of the impact that the condition has on a person and their life and how this might affect their behaviour and their ability to undertake everyday tasks. A person living with dementia may need extra help, support, time and consideration. This requires good people skills, kindness, common sense, good communication skills and a culture of customer care. It is about organisations, communities and individuals enabling people with dementia to continue living a good life by making them feel supported, welcomed and encouraged about accessing their local community.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council pledged to become a dementia friendly organisation in 2014 and has an action plan that was approved by councillors on 13 April 2015.
The council has also produced a leaflet detailing all the dementia cafés, day care and other activity groups available across the district for people living with dementia and their carers. The ‘at a glance' calendar shows when activities take place - for times and venues, please see the leaflet.
Warwickshire's Living Well with Dementia website provides information for people living with dementia and those supporting them.
Dementia Friends is an initiative led by the Alzheimer's Society, based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people. There are now over one million Dementia Friends in England.
The Alzheimer's Society Dementia Navigators support individuals who have had a recent dementia diagnosis and their families. They provide information, guidance and support around living with dementia, legal rights and welfare benefits. They offer practical support to help cope with day to day challenges of living with dementia and emotional support to help work through difficult feelings. For more information about the service or to receive support, call 01926 888899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.