In Lincolnshire, the county council, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and voluntary sector have met to agree how to improve support for people affected by dementia, launching their joint dementia strategy for 2014-2017.
The county had approximately 10,300 people living with dementia in 2011, predicted to grow to over 14,200 by 2021, so the plans include:
• Developing a Dementia Support Network and to bid for additional funding
• Creating a family support service to increase help for carers
• Shifting the focus to detecting dementia earlier and supporting people more at the start, rather than long-term, expensive maintenance services
• Improving housing services for people with dementia
• Increasing dementia training for care staff
• Improving access to guidance for patients and carers, and publishing information after diagnosis of what help is available when
• Expanding support for younger people with dementia and those with learning disabilities
• Improving the use of technology to help people stay at home
Cllr Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care at Lincolnshire County Council, said:
"Dementia rates are rising throughout the country and Lincolnshire is no exception. On a national level – and international scale with the G8 summit's goal to find a cure or slow down onset by 2025 – this is now a huge priority.
"In Lincolnshire, we are determined to play our part for our residents today. Councils, the NHS and voluntary groups all have a role to play in providing care and support after a diagnosis of dementia. Services need to be joined up better so that people can live independently for as long as possible. We are all committed to achieving this so that carers feel better supported and those with dementia can have a better quality of life. "
A new short break scheme for carers of people with dementia has now been launched, providing eligible carers with direct payments to spend on things to support them in their caring role, protect their own health and help them continue looking after their loved one. Created with carers by the county council and the Lincolnshire Carers and Young Carers Partnership, choices include help with activities for the person they care for, respite or at-home assistance.
For further information, call the Carers Team on 01522 782224 and the new dementia strategy can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/dementia.