We are delighted to announce that the Department of Health has funded an important project to develop resources to improve our support and care for people with learning disabilities who have dementia or are at risk of developing dementia.
MacIntyre recognised the gap in provision in this area for the learning disability sector and strongly believe that we have the potential to provide practical solutions for similar organisations. With the support of the Innovation Fund we plan to use a “before and after” research approach to test a range of learning and multi-media information resources. By using this approach we will evidence that our project improves health outcomes and supports people to live well with dementia.
The project will start immediately and has been funded for three years. The three aims of the programme are to:
- help raise awareness of dementia among people with a learning disability, their families and professionals to better understand the condition and future care
- help people with a learning disability receive a timely diagnosis of dementia
- train professionals to provide better care for people with learning disability living with or at risk of dementia
We will be working with Beth Britton, who is a leading freelance campaigner, consultant, writer and blogger who specialises in dementia to advise us on tools / resources produced and with The Evidence Centre to assess the feasibility and impact of the resources developed.
For more information please contact Karen Duggan, Dementia Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07789 171400.
Inset: Karen Duggan, Dementia Project Manager