The following brief communication supplies an update on the Government’s and Department of Health’s national progress in the creation, development, promotion and evaluation of dementia-friendly communities.
Ambitions for the end of 2015 include:
- There being at least 20 cities, towns and villages working actively towards achieving “dementia friendly” status. At present 78 communities in England have signed up to the foundation-stage recognition process.
- Working with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to further develop the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for dementia friendly communities. The PAS aims to build on the foundation-stage recognition process and to support communities wishing to pursue becoming dementia friendly further.
- Enrolment and training of at least 1 million Dementia Friends.
Improving care for people with dementia. London: Department of Health, January 22nd 2015.
Possibly of local interest:
Walsall’s ‘dementia-friendly’ aim. Birmingham: BBC Health News / BBC News Birmingham and Black Country, May 20th 2015.