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‘Remember the person behind the dementia’ – PHA

‘Remember the person behind the dementia’ is the message from health and social care professionals during Dementia Awareness Week 2016 (15th – 21st May).

phaThe Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are working jointly with the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia NI and Health and Social Care Trusts to promote a culture which ensures people with dementia are supported to live with dignity and without stigma.

Eleanor Ross, Nurse Consultant at PHA, said, “With an ageing population, dementia is becoming a bigger issue for society, so it is important that we look at how we can raise awareness about the condition and consider how we as a community respond to it.

“In 2014, the Delivering Social Change Dementia Signature Project was launched to transform the commissioning, design and delivery of dementia services for people in Northern Ireland and to improve the quality of care and support for people living with dementia.

“To date the project has enabled organisations from across the statutory, voluntary and independent health and social care sectors to work with local businesses to provide information and training about dementia. Innovative and flexible carer support schemes have allowed carers to be supported to continue to provide care to their loved ones in their own homes for as long as it is safe to do so and in the interests of everyone concerned.

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May June 2016 updated“The project will also provide bespoke Dementia Champion training to 300 health and social care staff and specialist training on delirium, cognitive assessment and rehabilitation to improve services for people living with dementia.

“These services have all been designed following extensive consultation with people with dementia and their carers. People said they needed information about the condition and access to services.”

For more information on dementia see www.nidirect.gov.uk/dementia

If you, or a member of your family, have concerns about dementia, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or call the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 which can provide information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations.

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