There are currently 7100 people living with dementia in Warwickshire and this is expected to increase by 34% over the course of the next 10 years. Dementia is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and over the coming years a lot of 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. If someone experiences difficulty or confusion whilst accessing Council services it may suggest they have dementia but this may not necessarily be the case. However, if someone is suspected as having dementia they may need extra help, support, time and consideration. This would require 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 District Council pledged to become a dementia friendly organisation in 2014 and now has an action plan which was approved by Councillors in 2015.
NEW – Dementia Care Leaflet
Stratford District Council has produced a leaflet detailing all the dementia cafes, day care and other activity groups which are available across the district for those living with dementia. The leaflet also gives information on support groups available for carers. For further information please contact Marie Darwen, Policy Officer at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260108
To download the leaflet click 1627-Dementia-Services-In-Stratford-District-APR16-low-res_FINAL.pdf