You may have heard about the success of our award-winning Dementia Project this year. The team have achieved a lot and are really working hard to achieve the key project aim of helping people with a learning disability to live well with dementia.
The team have shared their views on some big topics on various guest blogs and in sector-leading publications. In case you missed it…
In a blog on the Huffington Post, ‘Dementia Support for a Hidden Population’, Rhidian Hughes, Chief executive of VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) discussed the need for people with learning disabilities and dementia to be supported in the ways in which they decide. Rhidian discussed our Dementia Project, Dementia Special Interest Group, and our Keep Going…….Don’t Stop! group.
A report published by VODG called for the needs of people with a learning disability and dementia to be better addressed. Within the report, MacIntyre Dementia Project Self Advocates Rosie Joustra and Rachel Silver, describe how important it is for all staff to know about learning disability and dementia in order to fully support people with dementia and make a difference to their lives.
May 2017, issue 61
Our Dementia Project made the front cover and our Director of Adult Services, Emma Killick, discussed understanding dementia and learning disability in an article on page 7.
Journal of Dementia Care
May/June 2017 issue
On page 7 of this issue, Emma Killick gives top tips for practitioners, including making sure the approach is always person-centred and being persistent in gaining a diagnosis.
Department of Health Social Care blog
In this guest blog, Emma Killick said:
“Change in practice takes time, but it is clearly needed to ensure that people with learning disabilities and dementia are able to live fulfilling lives.”
Person-centred care shouldn’t be an add-on or an afterthought; it should be embedded in the way that on-going care and support is delivered – for people with a learning disability and dementia, this is no exception. That’s what Emma Killick wrote for the National Voices guest blog: Providing person-centred care on the dementia pathway.
Dementia Action Alliance
How can you get a timely diagnosis of dementia for people with a learning disability? Emma Killick highlighted the challenges and how they can be overcome in a guest blog for Dementia Action Alliance.
In an article for the Huffington Post, leading dementia freelance campaigner, consultant, writer and blogger Beth Britton, who works closely with the Dementia Project team, explained why dementia services could learn a huge amount from the learning disability sector.