[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust), Volume 3 Issue 4, November 2012].
This report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation summarises research findings from the York Dementia Without Walls project. This project took a fresh approach to asking what would be required to make York a better (i.e. more dementia-friendly) place to live for people with dementia and their carers. Broadly, the project shows that:
- The whole community could be involved beneficially.
- Training and information should be easy to access and well promoted to improve community-wide dementia awareness.
- York already has plenty to offer; services merely need to be adapted and re-designed.
- People with dementia could be involved in planning the necessary changes.
- There is potential to further exploit the potential of enabling and assistive technology to improve lives.
The report proposes the “Four Cornerstones” model of Place, People, Resources and Networks to address how York can develop those aspects which work well for people with dementia, and overcome the barriers which impede dementia-friendliness and work less well.
Crampton, J. Eley, R. [and] Dean, J. (2012). Creating a dementia-friendly York. London: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), October 2012.
There is also an Executive Summary.