We are proud to announce that on the very eve of Prime Minster David Cameron holding the worlds first G8 Summit on Dementia, Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley with the kind support of the Alzheimer's Society have signed up to the National Dementia Declaration and are now members of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) which is made up of over 700 organisations committed to transforming the quality of life of people living with dementia in the UK and the millions of people who care for them.
Reports currently claim there are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and this number is set to grow to over one million people by 2025. The financial cost of dementia in the UK is currently £23 billion each year and growing.
Current estimates indicate 35.6 million people worldwide are living with dementia but with the world’s populations ageing, the World Health Organisation estimates that number will nearly double every 20 years, to an estimated 65.7 million in 2030, and 115.4 million in 2050.
The total estimated worldwide costs of dementia were US$604 billion in 2010. About 70 per cent of the costs occur in Western Europe and North America.
Gail Godson Director comments ‘We strive very hard 24 x 7 x 365 to try and deliver the best possible care services for adults and older people, helping them remain at home for longer. Our membership and participation in the DAA as part of The Prime Ministers challenge on dementia to improve health and care, create dementia - friendly communities, improve awareness and ensure better research, is a further example of our commitment to try and improve the standards in local health and social care services and the general well-being of the community in West Lancashire and Chorley'.
'This excellent news follows shortly after the recent announcement by The Alzheimer's Society to collaborate and work closer with Home Instead to benefit those with the illness, their families and loved ones, and at this point we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Grace Dyke Project Manager North West: Dementia Action Alliances for her very kind guidance and support throughout the year '.
Members of Dementia Action Alliance have signed up to a National Dementia Declaration. Created in partnership with people with dementia and their carers, the Declaration explains the huge challenges presented to our society by dementia and some of the outcomes we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. Outcomes range from ensuring people with dementia have choice and control over decisions about their lives, to feeling a valued part of family, community and civic life.
As a signatory to the Declaration we have published our own Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley Action Plans setting out what we will do to secure these outcomes and improve the quality of life of people with dementia by 2014.
Organisations commitments include working to promote information on dementia to councils and delivery of a nationwide project on the care of people with dementia in hospitals, Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley will aim to promote DAA membership amongst local businesses and services, encourage businesses and services to sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance to help make Ormskirk more dementia friendly and become a beacon of best practice for ‘dementia friendly Ormskirk’. Where appropriate, DAA members can call upon Home Instead to provide additional support and information for organisations looking to be a part of the dementia friendly Ormskirk work.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about membership of the Dementia Action Alliance, the Home Instead Action Plan or the work that Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley are doing in the community , then please do not hesitate to contact Gail Godson : 01695 – 589071.