New dementia pack aims to delay need for long-term care

A new resource for those with dementia and their families has been launched by Bradford Council to help delay the need for people to access long term health and adult social care.

The self care pack is a collaborative project between health and social care departments, the NHS and third sector organisations to bringing help and advice systems together.

Developed by Health Action Local Network (HALE), it offers advice to help manage the condition, how to plan for the future, how to keep socially active and how to access the right benefits.

The virtual pack has also been created along with the local Alzheimer’s Society and will be given or emailed out by GPs in the Bradford district to patients they feel might benefit from the pack.

Coun Amir Hussain, executive member for adult services, said: “This pack acknowledges that there are things individuals and families can do to ensure people get the right care and support.

“As a trained Dementia Friend, I understand the importance of raising awareness of the condition, how it affects people and the small things we can do to make life easier for people with dementia.”

Dr Sara Humphrey, clinical speciality lead for older people at Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The resource pack empowers patients in knowing and understanding more about their care so they can access the best care at the right time. It also helps them to co-ordinate their care across social, health and the third sectors.

“Primary care and GPs will also find this a tremendously useful resource and I am delighted that we have managed to incorporate it into our new integrated Dementia Pathways.”

Steph Lawrence, head of clinical quality and governance at Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said: “I feel this self care pack will enhance and supplement the care given through integrated community teams and will provide the service user with a valuable resource to help them maintain their independence for as long as possible.

“As a nurse I feel it will be a very useful tool as part of the assessment process and can only be beneficial to the patients diagnosed with dementia.”

 

The pack can be viewed on the Picton Medical Centre website:

http://www.pictonmedicalcentre.nhs.uk/website/B83614/files/Dementia_Self_Care_Pack_FINAL.pdf