How we are performing when it comes to dementia diagnosis and services
The Bradford and Airedale dementia strategy, 2015-2020 aims to improve life for people living with dementia, their families and carers by:
We support Dementia Action Week and World Dementia Day: #yhdementia.
The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include:
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Our risk of developing dementia increases as we get older. There is currently no cure for dementia, but there is medication and non-medicinal treatment that can make life better.
People can and do live well with dementia. We are working to help people continue to live rewarding and independent lives.
Older people and people living with dementia may develop delirium, or acute confusion. It is curable, but if it is not treated it can be life-threatening. Signs of delirium include:
Delirium can develop quickly and is sometimes caused by an infection or by dehydration.
This short video demonstrates what delirium feels like and how it can be treated.
We can’t stop getting older, but evidence shows there are things we can do to help prevent dementia:
Dementia: Reducing your risk, a leaflet from The Alzheimer’s Society, has more details.
Three stars - better than the English average. Locally we have found almost 17 out of every 20 people estimated to have dementia. This result is among the best in England.
We are improving people’s understanding of dementia so they know when to ask their GP about memory assessment. We are training staff in care homes to spot the signs of dementia and we are reducing waiting times for memory assessment clinics.
One star - worse than the English national average. 3/4 people with a dementia diagnosis have a care plan which has been reviewed in the last year. We recognise that this needs to improve.
We aim to improve the quality of reviews and ensure they are meaningful to patients living with dementia and their carers.
What we are doing to improve care planning
We are making it easier to receive care for mental and physical health conditions at a single appointment rather than visiting different clinics.