Guidance has been released by the Local Government Association (LGA), in collaboration with the Innovations in Dementia community interest company, which explains the responsibility of councils in helping to support people with dementia through the creation of local dementia friendly communities. Case studies are cited as examples.
Councils can play important roles in creating dementia friendly communities, whether as service providers, commissioners, planners, regulators, or as leaders and influencers and as employers:
“Local councils; as leaders, commissioners, planners, regulators and service providers have a key role in supporting, facilitating and leading the development of sustainable, responsive and community led approaches that enable people living with dementia to overcome barriers and to live well in their communities for as long as possible [and] mitigate the pressures on their services, particularly health and social care, from growing demand…”. (p.10).
Dementia friendly communities: guidance for councils. London: Local Government Association (LGA) and Innovations in Dementia, July 31st 2015.
There is also an Executive Summary.