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Swale council to become dementia-friendly

Published Friday 27 November, 2020
Last updated on Friday 27 November, 2020

People living with dementia will soon be able to access council services more easily as Swale Borough Council becomes dementia-friendly.

The council will amend services and train staff to provide a more supportive and inclusive environment for those living with dementia, as well as those caring for people living with dementia.

Working with the Oasis Academy sixth form and support service No Place Like Home, the council will assess what services can be amended to be more accessible to those living with dementia, and also what training staff could benefit from.

Councillors unanimously agreed to make the council dementia-friendly at last month’s full council meeting after discussing how dementia had affected their lives.

Cllr Hannah Perkin, deputy cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the council, said:

“Dementia is something very close to my heart which is why I put the motion forward.

“I’m delighted we voted unanimously to create a dementia-friendly environment for people who are living with dementia and the people who are caring for them.

“It is estimated that approximately 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK, and it’s important to us to help those in living in Swale to live a fulfilling and independent life for as long as possible.”

Cllr Angela Harrison, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at the council, said:

“Committing to becoming dementia-friendly means we will work to create an environment and offer services where people living with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

“We’ll work with the Oasis Academy sixth form and support service No Place Like Home to assess the changes we need to make long lasting changes that help people living with dementia

“Cinemas now offer dementia-friendly screenings, leisure centres offer dementia-friendly swim sessions and the NHS run dementia-friendly memory groups, so we’re in good company and I’m excited to see how this commitment can support people dealing with this baffling disease.

Cllr Roger Truelove, leader at the council, said:

“Dementia is a frightening disease that touches everybody in some form or another throughout their life.

“It is a chronic issue that we must partner with other agencies and charities to provide the care and support people need.”