Action Plan

The Dementia Services Development Centre exists to improve services for people with dementia and their carers throughout the UK and beyond. We do this through research and teaching and by supporting workers and organisations that provide care for people with dementia.

Commitment 1 - Relating to:

We will develop a resource and education online hub for use by carers and volunteers who may find it difficult to attend traditional training. This hub would be accessible from any part of the UK, and would promote the importance of maintaining community networks and social engagement.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 1?

 

The hub will be developed through a funded project and is content based on the feed back of carers and volunteer training workshops conducted across the North of England and Scotland,

  • We have the right to continue with day to day and family life, without discrimination or unfair cost, to be accepted and included in our communities and not live in isolation or loneliness.

Commitment 2 - Relating to:

We will develop a professional app which will enable care settings to easily evaluate their physical environment for promoting independence and well-being for clients who have dementia.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 2?

 

The DSDC will build on the research evidence base that serves at the foundation of the Dementia Design Audit Tool. This app will be developed with our commercial partners to ensure that the app in enhance with needed tools to make environmental audits easier and more informative for the user.

  • We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future.

Commitment 3 - Relating to:

The DSDC will act as an Impact Centre, connecting the research being done in ageing and dementia and translating it into tools, resources and training that improve of practice, service and spaces and ultimately benefit people living with dementia.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 3?

 

Though collaborations with University research projects happening across the UK, and acting a a partner in the pathway to impact for the findings.

  • We have the right to know about and decide if we want to be involved in research that looks at cause, cure and care for dementia and be supported to take part.

Commitment 4 - Relating to:

DSDC partnered with a commercial architectural firm (Space Group) to create a free app called Iridis for people living with dementia in the community, their families and informal carers. The app allows them to assess their home environment according to dementia friendly principles. The app also provides tips and examples to create a better understanding of how environmental adaptation can support independence and well-being for the person living with dementia.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 4?

 

The DSDC benefits from partnership working with organisations who have similar aspirations for improving the lives of people living with dementia in the community, in residential and care services as well as in hospital settings.

  • We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future.