Crossroads is pleased to announce the launch of the Sandwell Better Lives Dementia Strategy. Developed using a multi-agency approach, this refreshed strategy has seen the Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Sandwell Council work together to develop a joint vision for Dementia in 2019 – 2025, through nine key promises and outlines how together they plan to improve dementia services for the local population.
The nine “promises” to people with dementia and their carers cover the following:
· Dementia awareness, information and advice
· A knowledgeable and skilled workforce
· Diagnosis and assessment
· Living well in the community
· Supporting carers
· Reducing the risk of crisis
· Living well in long-term care
· End of life
An Action Plan converts these nine Promises into over 50 measurable actions.
Chris Christie, Chief Executive Officer of Crossroads Caring for Carers and Co-Chair of the Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance said, “The development of the Better Lives Dementia Strategy has been a real joint effort to ensure it is focused on the right outcomes for people with dementia and their carers in Sandwell.”
Extensive public and stakeholder engagement took place between February and July 2019 to help understand what’s important to them, their priorities and what could be improved. Views and suggestions from this have been incorporated in the final Strategy and Plan.
It is thought that key representatives of service users and carers will help us monitor and ensure delivery of the actions, with regular updates on this to be provided to the Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board.
You can download a copy of the Sandwell Better Lives Dementia Strategy here – Dementia Strategy 2019-2025.