Health and social care organisations in Derbyshire have been working closely together for some time, to improve care and services for people and make them as efficient and effective as possible.
A draft Joined Up Care Derbyshire dementia and delirium strategy has been produced and received widespread engagement. The strategy describes what we need in Derbyshire to support people living with dementia, their carers, families and those close to them. The partnership that collaborated to draft the strategy has representatives from health, social care, the voluntary sector and hospice services.
Dementia and delirium workstream overview
Draft dementia and delirium strategy
The Derbyshire Dementia Support Service have now put together the full report and a summary of the ‘Supporting People with Dementia in Derbyshire’ engagement they recently carried out.
You can read/download:
Life is for Living is a seven-minute YouTube film produced pre-lockdown by the arts group People Express in partnership with Amber Valley Dementia Peer Support Group. It was funded by Derbyshire's public health team through the Health and Wellbeing Partnership in Amber Valley. It features people with dementia and their carers talking about their experiences of living with dementia.
This video, produced by the Alzheimer's Society, is a non-scientific explanation to understand how memories are stored in the brain and how these memories/feelings can be affected when dementia is involved.
A Dementia Palliative Care Team is in place serving the needs of people across Derby and Derbyshire. The team aims to enable improved palliative care for people living with advanced dementia, with mental and physical health needs in care homes/supported living or their own home. Palliative care is for anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, including dementia. It focuses on maintaining a person’s quality of life by relieving discomfort or distress (whatever the cause). For more information, see the team’s service leaflet.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all and the way in which health and care services can help people. In relation to services and support available to people living with dementia and their families and carers, Joined Up Care Derbyshire has produced this questions and answers guide.
DCAN (Dementia Change Action Network), sponsored by NHSE/I, launched the Next Steps website to support people who are waiting for a memory assessment appointment:
Who is the Next Steps for?
What is the aim of Next Steps?
Next Steps will help people to find the right support, at the right time, while waiting for a memory assessment appointment. It is divided into four key steps:
Step 1: What to expect from the memory assessment process
Step 2: Taking care of your well-being
Step 3: Exploring available support
Step 4: Diagnosis
If you would like any further information please do get in touch:
Next Steps nextsteps.org.uk
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