There are high human and economic costs associated with dementia. These costs include impact on the health and wellbeing of the person with dementia and people close to them, as well as the cost to society of their services and support.
In recent years there has been an increased focus on dementia both nationally and locally because the population is ageing, and this has led to increasing numbers of people with dementia.
This strategy has been developed by South Gloucestershire Council and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group in conjunction with local partners from the statutory and voluntary sector, as well as through talking to people with dementia and their carers about their experiences in South Gloucestershire.
The main purpose of the strategy and action plan is to provide a framework for commissioning and service delivery which ensures that people in South Gloucestershire with dementia and their carers are able to live well and are supported to do so throughout the progression of the disease. This will be achieved by enabling access to the right support and services at the right time, whether that be from their local community or health and care services.
We recognise that minimising people’s risk of developing dementia is also important for the population as a whole and the strategy also describes ways in which we will raise awareness of the healthy lifestyle choices people can make to reduce their risk of dementia, and stay fit, well and independent as they get older.
Dementia is everyone’s business; looking after our personal health and to support people with dementia and their carers in South Gloucestershire is not just the reserve of specialist care services.
The South Gloucestershire Dementia strategy and action plan will:
- set out the vision for what we want to achieve
- help co-ordinate the excellent work that is already ongoing
- identify key priorities for what needs to improve
- maximise opportunities for identifying synergy and potential for cross-agency working
- engage local people in discussion on what works best for them
Ensure that we keep people living with dementia central to everything we do.