New publications raise awareness of self-directed support for professionals looking after people living with dementia

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Article publication date: 16 September 2011

Citation

(2011), "New publications raise awareness of self-directed support for professionals looking after people living with dementia", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 12 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/qaoa.2011.55912caa.007

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited


New publications raise awareness of self-directed support for professionals looking after people living with dementia

Article Type: News From: Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Volume 12, Issue 3

People with dementia, family carers and social care professionals will be able to find out more about self-directed support thanks to a range of new free online and print resources launched by the Mental Health Foundation. Publication of the resources follows the completion of Dementia Choices, a two-year project set up to explore self-directed support in social care (including direct payments and personal budgets) for people living with dementia and their carers.

Toby Williamson, Head of Development and Later Life at the Mental Health Foundation says:

Self-directed support can give people living with dementia and their carers more freedom and choice about the social care services they receive ensuring they are right for their needs.

The range of Dementia Choices resources available are:

  • An awareness raising postcard for people with dementia, their families and friends.

  • An information leaflet for people living with dementia, their families and friends.

  • A resource for trainers who are involved in educating staff about self-directed support and dementia.

  • A resource for social care practitioners working with people with dementia and their families.

The publications will help people with dementia and their carers to find out more about self-directed support, whether they are eligible and how to get access to it. Social care practitioners and trainers will be able to gain a better understanding of how people living with dementia may benefit from personalisation. The resources and the findings of the full evaluation of the project are available on: mentalhealth.org.uk/dementiachoices or to order through our customer services on 02078031101.