Dementia project seeks to encourage communities to work with care homes
A project to mobilise businesses, organisations, voluntary groups and individuals to help improve the lives of people with dementia living in local care homes across Yorkshire and East Lancashire has received more than £100,000 from a brand new three-year support programme launched by NHS England, “Health As A Social Movement”.
The pilot project aims to develop the way existing home-grown skills and support across communities can be harnessed to improve dementia care. It forms an extra dimension to the work being carried out by the Airedale and Partners vanguard. The area was selected by NHS England last summer to research new ways of working to transform the care, and end-of-life care, for more than 7,600 residents in 248 residential and nursing homes.
The Airedale and Partners vanguard – which pools the expertise of the NHS, local authorities, care homes, technology experts, the voluntary sector and academia – will carry out the trial in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and experts from the School of Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford. They will work closely to develop, test and spread effective ways of mobilising people in social movements that improve health and care outcomes, and show a positive return on investment.
The three will reach out into every corner of society and link up with a small cohort of care homes from Bradford, Airedale, Craven, Wharfedale and East Lancashire, who are part of the wider vanguard, to measure the venture’s success.
George McNamara, head of integrated care for the Alzheimer’s Society, said that, with the right care and support, people with dementia could live well.
“Here in Bradford, Airedale, Craven, Wharfedale and East Lancashire, we have a unique opportunity to enhance the pioneering work already in place in the community to massively improve the quality of life for people with dementia,” he said.