20 May 2013
Dementia Awareness Week 19-25 May
Worrying changes nothing. Talking changes
Taking their cue from the theme of this year's national dementia
awareness week, teams from across the entire AWP region are talking
about the work they do to support people with dementia and to find
innovative ways to tackle the condition.
our staff are talking about dementia 52 weeks a year but this week
helps to bring it to the attention of the public and media.
Depending on where you are, you might hear, see or read about one
of our dementia related services or projects. Just in case you miss
them, here's a small selection of the ways we are committed to
improving the chances of living well with dementia.
In Swindon, a number of initiatives are ongoing including closer
working with our colleagues in acute care to strenghten the way we
screen for dementia. Dr Simon Manchip is also looking at the way in
which pain can be assessed and managed, leading to a reduced use of
In Bath and North Somerset, improved links have been forged with
the charity Dorothy House, as well as with the new commissioning
groups, to ensure that care home staff are given the best training
in understanding dementia and supporting those with the condition
as they approach the end of their life.
A similar picture emerges from Bristol, where staff are
supporting GPs to make diagnoses and providing care home liaison
services. At Callington Road hospital in Bristol, staff from Laurel
ward held a small garden party on Sunday 19th May and invited both
current and past carers. The idea was to promote dementia awareness
while having a good time. It seems they more than managed this as
guests were treated to tea, cakes, nice weather and even a Frank
Sinatra tribute act!
Wiltshire sees additional funding for memory services so that
people do not have to wait for their assessments and diagnosis as
may have previously been the case. Again, liaison and partnership
working is key here with our staff playing an important role by
taking their specialist knowledge into the GP surgeries and and
primary care settings.
Staff from South Gloucestershire memory services will be taking
part in South Glos council's 'dementia roadshow' when it stops off
at Yate on Thursday 23rd May. Memory service team leader Grace
Mawson will be running an information stall while one of our
doctors will provide an introduction to dementia. That takes place
at the Gateway Revival Church on Station road between 10.30am and