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Dementia Together

8 Jul 2019 1:15PM

Sue Ryder The Chantry Neurological Care Centre has hosted an event to celebrate the launch of the Dementia Together evaluation report, written by the University of Suffolk.

Dementia Together provides practical information and support for people living with dementia and their carers in Suffolk.  The project, now in its third year of operation, works with local community services to provide co-ordinated, responsive support for individuals at every step of the way – whether that is information about dementia, connecting with others who understand, or planning for the future.

The University of Suffolk were commissioned to complete an evaluation based on outcomes for people living with dementia identified when the service model was designed.

The event provided an opportunity to provide feedback on the evaluation report on how the service was received by those who had been helped, including people with dementia and their carers.

The report found that:

  • After contact with Dementia Together, people with dementia felt they had a better understanding of their condition and available services.
  • The majority of people with dementia felt the service helped them better manage their condition, avoid crisis and enhance physical and mental health.
  • Carers felt they had more information about dementia and could cope better as a carer.
  • Carers felt a better sense of wellbeing, increased knowledge and confidence.

Jo Marshall, Centre Director, Sue Ryder The Chantry Neurological Care Centre said “We are delighted that the findings of the report show that Dementia Together is achieving the positive outcomes for people they told us were needed. It has been a privilege to work on the development of the service and we will continue to listen and respond to the needs of people living with dementia and their carers.”

Dr Ruth Strudwick, co-author of the report from the University of Suffolk added “The Dementia Together Service, led by Sue Ryder, was launched in April 2017 and by the end of December 2018 had registered and supported 2,202 people, both people living with dementia and their carers living across Suffolk. Despite a comprehensive range of services across Suffolk, people living with dementia were overwhelmed by varying offers which disabled them accessing the most appropriate services to meet their needs.”

“A service evaluation results highlight the importance of promoting choice, empowerment and options to people living with dementia and their carers in identifying support provision. The service was highlighted as responsive and flexible to the needs of people living with dementia and their carers, as well as providing a useful resource for external organisations for signposting and referral.

“The service aided in crisis avoidance, by providing consistent, accessible information and support. The Dementia Together service has made a significant positive difference to people living with dementia, their families and carers across Suffolk, and provides an effective model for the development of peri-diagnostic dementia services nationally.”

Find out more about Dementia Together.

Full evaluation report and a summary.


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