Members of the Dementia Action Alliance have signed up to a National Dementia Declaration. This charter has been created in partnership with dementia sufferers and their carers.
The National Dementia Declaration clarifies the many challenges presented to society by dementia. It outlines the outcomes which the Dementia Action Alliance will work to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. There is overlap and broad agreement between these outcomes and the outcomes proposed in the Department of Health’s National Dementia Strategy Implementation Plan. People with dementia (and their carers) want and require:
- Personal choice and control or influence over decisions that concern them.
- Knowledge and confidence that services are designed around them and their needs.
- Support that helps them live their lives.
- Knowledge and know-how to get what they need.
- To live in an enabling and supportive environment where they feel valued and understood.
- A sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life.
- Assurance that research is underway to deliver them a better life in the present and hope for the future.
The Government Policy Framework
“In 2009 the then government in England published a five-year National Dementia Strategy. As part of this work, strategies on end of life care and carers are also in place. NICE/SCIE guideline 2006 and Dementia Quality Standards describe what good dementia care should look like.
The coalition government has stated its commitment to implement the National Dementia Strategy; however, it can only do so much. The Department of Health, as a signatory to the Declaration, will set out what it intends to do to help improve the lives of people with dementia. However, radical and sustainable change will only come about through the action of individuals and organisations working together locally and nationally to challenge what is wrong and to do things better.”
Read more: National Dementia Declaration.
The full declaration may also be downloaded in .pdf format.