We are proud to be a Dementia Friendly Organisation
At Hughenden Valley and Chequers Surgeries we have been working to make your environment Dementia Friendly since 2008.
Across the UK 0.6% of our population have dementia. It is no different in Hughenden Valley or Prestwood.
We recognise that the impact of that is not limited to the person diagnosed, but also effects their families and their carers, of course they are often one and the same.
In association with our PPG (Patient Participation Group) we maintain a Dementia Resource Pack with up to date advice and some really helpful information and local contacts to help you, for example did you know that you may get a rebate on your council tax if you have or are caring for someone with Dementia?
You can download the pack by clicking here: Download Dementia Resources Pack
We support 'John's Campaign' which calls for the families and carers of people with dementia to have the same rights as the parents of sick children, and to have the right to be allowed to stay with them in hospital for as many hours as they are needed, and as they are able to give. Caring can an exhausting business and we are asking only for the RIGHT for carers to continue to care, not the DUTY.
With this aim, we are contacting our local hospitals to see if they will help our patients by signing up to this compassionate campaign
Further information is brought to you by the Dementia Action Alliance:
Creating dementia friendly communities
People with dementia and their carers talk about the everyday challenges they face in living well with dementia. This can include difficulty using technology, getting appropriate service in shops, banks and post offices and in using transport, going on holiday, maintaining social contact and hobbies. Although help from health and care services is vitally important, making it possible for people affected by dementia to live well will require help from people and organisations across society.
Alzheimer's Society's five year strategy Delivering on Dementia says that a major strategic priority for the organisation will be working to create dementia friendly communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Society's role in leading this work was announced as part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia on 26 March 2012.
The Society is now working in partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance to meet the ambition of creating dementia friendly communities across the country. . Some of the key ways in which we are taking this forward are:
Supporting the development of local dementia action alliances
One of the key ways in which we are doing this is through supporting the development of local dementia action alliances across England. Local Dementia Action Alliances by bringing together key stakeholders within a community with people affected by dementia can act as a catalyst to identify the key changes required to make their community dementia friendly and make it happen.
Developing a recognition process for dementia friendly communities
Many organisations, villages, towns and cities are taking steps towards becoming or have an ambition to become dementia friendly. However, realising dementia friendly organisations and communities will take a number of years. Whilst this is underway, it is vital that there is a recognition process to underpin the work.
This process is needed to enable organisations and communities to be part of an officially recognised group working towards becoming dementia friendly. It will also ensure that organisations and communities are working towards common standards that are based on what we know is important to people affected by dementia and will truly change their experience.
The recognition process is now being piloted with a group of communities, including a number of local dementia action alliances. These will act as early adopters and will help ensure that the core aspects of the recognition system are working as they should. The process then will be formally launched in late summer 2013.
A symbol to show that organisations and communities are working towards becoming dementia friendly is being developed. Organisations and communities will be able to display this symbol if they register with the recognition process and meet the conditions. The symbol will be available initially to those registered as early adopters.
To find out more go to 'Recognition for Dementia Friendly Communities'.
Developing evidence on dementia friendly communities
In March 2012 the Society published 'Dementia 2012' and reported against the 7 outcomes of the National Dementia Declaration. This was the first of what will be a series of annual 'state of the nation' reports that will provide evidence from people affected by dementia about different aspects of their lives and an exploration of external evidence.
Later this year the Society will publish further evidence in a report at an external conference on dementia friendly communities from the perspective of people affected by dementia. This will provide national evidence on what people affected by dementia state are the main factors that help to create a dementia friendly community. Many members of the DAA and local dementia action alliances have provided case studies of local actions that communities are taking to become more dementia friendly.
For more information about the programme please contact:
Have you seen the Nestle Reminiscence Packs?
Nestle have made available a series of nostalgic posters, photos, wrappers, tin labels and even "build your own box" kits.
This is not just about nostalgia.
Working alongside the Alzheimer's Society, these "familiar" packets from Nestle and Rowntree's can help an otherwise confusing day seem okay again.
You can find more details and downloadable files on the Nestle website here:
We have a link to the Alzheimers Society website here:
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced by the police in partnership with other agencies which encourages carers to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc. In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information.
The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.
What is the Herbert Protocol?
It is a simple risk reduction tool to be used in the event of an adult with care and support needs going missing. It consists of a form that contains vital information about a person at risk that can be passed to the police at the point the person is reported missing.
A recent photograph of the person should also be kept with the form. It is not intended to replace existing safeguarding and security measures.
Who decides who is at risk?
The judgement should be based on your professional opinion or knowledge of your family member.
Who completes the form?
In a care setting, the care provider, the person at risk or their family can fill in the form. Please seek permission from the person at risk or their next of kin.
If neither is possible, the care provider should make a 'best interests' assessment.
The form should be completed and regularly updated, so that all the information is as relevant as possible.
When should the form be sent to the police?
The police only need the form at the point the person is reported missing. There is no need to hand it to police before then and the form will be returned once the person is found.
Where should the form be stored?
It should be stored securely in the care setting, in accordance with data protection laws, but where you can find it quickly.
Printed or electronic form?
You can download the form below, a paper copy will need to be handed to the police officer who attends to take the missing person's report.
What should a care provider do if the person goes missing?
After you have conducted an 'open door' search of the address, grounds and outbuildings and you believe a person is missing, alert the police at the earliest opportunity. If you believe that the person missing is at a high risk of harm, please call 999. Tell the police operator that you have the Herbert Protocol person profile.