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Views sought on new dementia strategy

Published on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

PEOPLE are being asked to share their views on a new dementia strategy for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

 

The strategy, which has been developed by a number of organisations working together, sets out the support available for people who are affected by dementia.

 

It also outlines a number of aims to help minimise the impact of dementia for people who have it, their families and their carers.

 

These include helping GPs to support people with dementia by using a standard guide, speeding up the diagnosis process and ensuring that services are high-quality, good value and providing equal access to all.

 

Other aims include supporting the Dementia Action Alliance to develop more dementia-friendly communities, developing training for care homes and strengthening links with other working groups, particularly around care for people who are approaching the end of their lives.

 

The new strategy, which will be adopted later this year and run until 2021, will build on the work of the previous strategy, which was put in place in 2011.

 

Before it is adopted, however, a consultation has been launched and people are being asked to comment on the strategy’s content.

 

The consultation is open to everyone, although views are particularly sought from people living with dementia, their families and their carers.

 

Cllr Vi Dempster, Leicester’s assistant city mayor responsible for adult social care, said: “This is a growing issue, with about 850,000 people nationwide living with dementia. That figure is predicted to increase by 40 per cent by 2025.

 

“In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, about 13,000 people are living with dementia. We’re determined to support these people, and their carers, which is why it’s really important we have a strategy setting out what we intend to do to help.

 

“I’d like to encourage as many people as possible – particularly those affected by dementia – to tell us what they think of the new strategy so that we can ensure we do all we can to get the right services and support in place in the future.”

 

Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We are committed to supporting the lives of everybody affected by dementia and urge people to use the consultation to provide feedback on the plan, to ensure it provides the right support”.

 

The consultation runs until Friday 22 June. To take part, visit consultations.leicester.gov.uk

 

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