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Plans for borough to become a dementia friendly community

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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DEMENTIA-sufferers in Burton could soon see a change in the town, if council plans to create a dementia friendly community in the borough come to fruition.

Proposals have been put forward for East Staffordshire to become a dementia friendly community, in the hope of improving the quality of life for the increasing number of people affected by the condition.

Councillors are due to consider the proposals at a meeting of the healthier communities and older people scrutiny committee next week.

In a report due to go before the committee, it says: “The subject of dementia is an extremely large one. With the increasingly ageing population, we recommend East Staffordshire Borough Council considers creating a dementia friendly community.”

The initiative is being run by the Alzheimer’s Society, which is aiming to get in place 20 such areas by 2015.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Such communities are more inclusive of people with dementia, and improve their ability to remain independent and have choice and control over their lives.

“Through the programme, we aim to give public recognition and support to villages, towns, cities and national organisations who are taking steps towards being more inclusive of people with dementia.”

Dementia friendly communities have provision for support, both for people suffering with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and their carers, and offer ways to help people remain independent in the communities they live in.

The recommendation for East Staffordshire comes after an investigation into dementia services in the area.

It showed that staff at Queen’s Hospital in Burton have taken a ‘proactive’ approach to managing dementia and has improved the delivery of its services.

The hospital has put a dementia champion in place on each ward to work with staff to help them understand the needs of people suffering with the condition.

Joy Borrington, a work-based learning facilitator at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s a condition that affects so many people which is why it’s important for staff across the Trust to be aware of what dementia is and how we can all help to deliver better care to people with dementia.”

The council report will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday.

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