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How can health and care support improve quality of life for people with dementia, and their carers?
 

Promoting Health and Wellbeing
We need to help people to keep healthy in later life in order to reduce the risk of dementia developing.
We also need to help people with dementia maintain their independence, and physical, emotional and mental health wherever possible.

1. How important do you think this is?

 

2. What actions would help achieve this outcome for people in Hertfordshire?

 

Enabling equal and timely access to diagnosis

People with concerns about their memory should have timely access to diagnosis and treatment regardless of ethnicity, race or disability. Information should be in a format that is accessible to people who do not speak or read English, and it should be culturally appropriate and age appropriate.

3. How important do you think this is?

 

4. What actions would help achieve this outcome for people in Hertfordshire?

 

People with Dementia have Access to Appropriate Care and Support Services

People with dementia should have access to a range of services to support them in aspects of their physical, emotional and mental health, and managing their affairs, from diagnosis through to end of life. Services need to be designed around the patient and carers needs, recognising that dementia affects people in many different ways. People with learning disabilities and dementia, and people with young onset dementia should receive support that is appropriate to their specific needs.

5. How important do you think this is?

 

6. What actions would help achieve this outcome for people in Hertfordshire?

 

Supporting Carers of People with Dementia

Training and support should be available for carers of people with dementia. This should be designed around the carer's needs and preferences, and provided so that carers can attend training, or take a break, knowing that the person they care for will be safe and well looked after. Carers need also to be supported to continue working and to access health and support services to maintain their own physical, emotional and mental health wellbeing.

7. How important do you think this is?

 

8. What actions would help achieve this outcome for people in Hertfordshire?

 

Preventing and Responding to Crisis

People should be supported to make plans for the future in advance. There must be accessible and flexible alternatives to hospital admission wherever possible, and people and their carers need to have good information about the options available to them when their dementia worsens.

9. How important do you think this is?
 

 

10. What actions would help achieve this outcome for people in Hertfordshire?

 

Developing Dementia Friendly Communities

We want more of our partners and communities to commit to becoming dementia friendly. When a community is dementia friendly, people with dementia feel valued and included, which reduces loneliness and enables them to carry on contributing to their community.

11. How important do you think this is?

 

12. What actions would help achieve this outcome for people in Hertfordshire?

 

Ensuring Equal Access to Health and Care Services for People with Dementia

We want all health and care services to fully meet the needs of people with dementia. This will involve working to improve experiences and outcomes for people with dementia when they go into hospital or receive other services. This will mean putting quality standards into practice, ensuring that physical environments are dementia friendly (including at home) and ensuring that professionals who work with people with dementia are well trained.

13. How important do you think this is?

 

14. What actions would help achieve this outcome for people in Hertfordshire?

 

Overall themes for our Dementia strategy 2020-25

15. Are there any further themes or specific actions that you would include?

 

1. Which of the following options best describes you?

 
Thank you for completing the survey.

If you would like to see a draft of the strategy when produced and like to comment please email: robert.coupland@hertfordshire.gov.uk
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