Living well with Dementia on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and partner agencies, Isle of Wight Council (including social care and public health) and Isle of Wight NHS Trust, are today (21 May 2014) launching a public consultation on a strategy called ‘Living Well with Dementia on the Isle of Wight’

It is the aspiration of the My Life A Full Life Programme for the Island to become dementia friendly, allowing people to live well with dementia on the Isle of Wight. The aim is for the Isle of Wight to be a place where communities encourage people with dementia and their carers to seek help and feel supported to go about their daily lives safely and free from stigma; where people are empowered to have high aspirations and have the confidence to participate in meaningful activities; and a place where people and their carers receive high quality compassionate care, whether at home, in hospital, or in a care home.

The strategy is being monitored by the Dementia Steering Group which includes representatives from public sector organisations such as Hampshire Constabulary, and private sector organisations including Island residential homes, nursing homes and voluntary sector organisations, including representatives from the Dementia Alliance: Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer Café, service users and carers.

Dr Michelle Legg, The Clinical Lead for Dementia on the Island said: “Dementia is becoming the UK’s largest health and social care challenge. It is likely, at some point in our lifetime, it will impact us directly or through a family member or close friend. There are one thousand, seven hundred and seventy seven people living with dementia on the Isle of Wight that we know of, and due to our ageing population, this is predicted to increase by twenty three percent over the next ten years.

Diagnosis of Dementia is the gateway to making informed personal choices, providing access to a range of post diagnostic support and services, ensuring people live well with dementia and delaying the need for more intensive packages of care.

By raising awareness of dementia, ensuring people have a timely diagnosis and appropriate post diagnostic treatment and support and by creating dementia friendly communities on the Island we can support people to live well with dementia on the Isle of Wight.”

The ‘Living Well with Dementia on the Isle of Wight’ Strategy is available below as a download and is also available via the ‘Get Involved’ section of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website http://www.isleofwightccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/public-consultations/public-consultations.htm

Comments on the strategy should be emailed to dementiastrategy@iow.nhs.uk or sent to Dementia Strategy, Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Building A, the APEX, St. Cross Business Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5XW by Tuesday 15th July 2014.

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