[A brief reference to this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 10, May 2011].
The Dementia Care Strategy, officially launched on Friday October 1st 2010, sets out proposals for Wolverhampton City Council and its partners to meet four of the key objectives for social care services (as identified by the National Dementia Strategy). Wolverhampton must respond to all 17 objectives in the National Dementia Strategy, but the city council has taken the lead on the social care aspects of four of these objectives.
It is expected that the number of older people in Wolverhampton might increase by 30% in the next 20 years. The number of people affected aged 85 and over could rise by 78%.
The strategy includes the following proposals:
- To develop a state-of-the-art £30m Dementia Care Centre.
- To establish and a specialist home care service for dementia.
- Plans to set up a network of Dementia Cafés.
- The identification of dementia care “champions”.
- Provision of specialist dementia awareness training for staff.
Councillor Les Pugh, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet member for Adults, said:
“This launch of this strategy is a major development in dementia care which will increase the choice and quality of services available to this very vulnerable group of people”.
“We already provide a wide range of services for people with dementia in Wolverhampton, but we are keen to develop these further. In particular, social care initiatives that focus on early intervention and re-enablement have been shown to have a positive impact on people’s health and well-being.”
Santosh Kumari, Wolverhampton City Council Commissioning Officer for Older People, commented:
“The Dementia Care Strategy sets a number of important goals which we, together with our partner organisations, will need to meet over the coming years. One of our key aims is to ensure that staff providing dementia services have the necessary skills and knowledge needed to provide the best quality of care”.