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Dementia Friendly East Riding

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Efforts being made to develop dementia friendly communities across the East Riding will be discussed by the area's Health and Wellbeing Board this week.

The work already being carried out by various organisations including the emergency services, voluntary sector, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and health partners will be outlined to the Board on Thursday 2 February.
The East Riding Health and Wellbeing Board has identified the development of dementia friendly communities as its principal priority for 2017, building on the impressive work that is already being done across the region to support all those affected by dementia.

For example Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust started improving their dementia services in 2013, establishing a multi-disciplinary Dementia Programme Board to help improve the care of people in hospitals.

The Trust has also developed a Dementia Strategy 2016-19 outlining their vision 'to provide safe, high quality, effective care for every person with dementia' with 3,000 staff having been trained in dementia awareness.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are training up all their staff to become dementia friends and are developing a Dementia Champion role.

Humberside Police have adopted the Herbert Protocol, a national scheme which encourages friends, carers or relatives to compile useful information about a person such as their description, medication, a photo and significant places in their life which can be used if they go missing.

Age UK East Riding also provide a range of services for older people and their carers that contribute to a dementia friendly community, such as a good neighbour scheme which includes befriending and IT shopping; as well as an information and advice service covering everything from welfare benefits to care home issues, and keeping warm in winter.

Adult services currently commission the Hull and East Riding Alzheimer's Society to provide information and support to those living with dementia and their carers, a dementia advisory service at GP surgeries, and group activities such as memory cafes.

The East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and four primary care practices have become members of the East Riding Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), with improving the identification of the condition and the delivery of services to people with dementia a key priority.

Council staff working in culture and information services which includes leisure centres and libraries, as well as customer services, have also completed Dementia Awareness Training.

The report also highlights the work of The Old School House, a council run care home in Beverley for people who are in the advanced stages of dementia.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "The Board has made building dementia friendly communities in the East Riding their top priority for 2017."This report outlines the vast amount of work that is already being carried out by numerous groups and organisations across the East Riding and importantly how we can build on that work to further support all those affected by dementia."The Health and Wellbeing Board routinely brings together health and social care professionals and councillors to discuss health and wellbeing issues affecting East Riding residents, so this is the perfect platform from which to drive forward this initiative and help create dementia friendly communities right across the area."

It is proposed that a central web page is developed to offer easy access to existing resources, such as toolkits, by way of additional support.

The council has also agreed to use a standard dementia friendly checklist for property as part of their processes in any investment, refurbishment, new build or maintenance replacement works. It is hoped this will become standard practice by summer 2017 and other businesses in the region, big and small, will be encouraged to adopt a similar practice.

Other items on the agenda include a review panel report on supporting children and young people with long-term health conditions or learning disabilities; the safeguarding children board annual report 2015/16; an update on the Better Care Programme; and a report on Healthy Life Expectancy.

The Board will meet at County Hall, Beverley at 2pm on Thursday 2 February. A full agenda is available to view online at www.eastriding.gov.uk