Housing services and support for people with dementia – Alzheimer’s Society believes housing service providers can play a key role supporting the development of dementia friendly communities

September 6, 2012

Source: Alzheimer’s Society

Follow this link for the full report – Home Truths: Housing services & support for people with dementia 

Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:  Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community and people with dementia and their carers place great importance on their homes. However, Alzheimer’s Society’s Home truths found experiences of housing and housing services are mixed and more needs to be done to link housing with health and social care services.

  Home truths makes four recommendations around housing and housing services for people with dementia.

  1. Local authorities, homebuilders and governments should recognise that appropriate housing services and support are key mechanisms for effective support of people with dementia in the community.
  2. There should be a choice in housing options and tenures available to people with dementia, including mainstream and specialist housing.
  3. People with dementia, their families and carers should have access to information and advice on housing options, handyperson services and sources of funding for adaptations and alterations.
  4. People with dementia should have access to homes designed with their needs in mind.The report was informed by interviews and focus groups with people with dementia and carers and a review of existing policy and evidence on housing and dementia.

Length of publication: 47 pages


Unlocking Diagnosis – Fewer than half the people thought to have dementia have been formally diagnosed

September 5, 2012

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) – Alzheimer’s Society

Follow this link for the full report:  Unlocking Diagnosis: The key to improving the lives of people with dementia  and Website

Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:   Fewer than half the people thought to have dementia have been formally diagnosed, and those with a diagnosis may have waited up to a year for it to have their condition confirmed. These are the startling reminders published in the all-party parliamentary group on dementia’s latest report, Unlocking diagnosis.

The report found that there were problems throughout the process of diagnosis. These problems included people having poor understanding of dementia and therefore not going to see their to doctor, the issues faced by GPs and memory specialists in diagnosing people with dementia, and the problems with the quality of support offered immediately following diagnosis. In particular, the inquiry heard a large volume of evidence on problems in the following areas:

  • Public education
  • Primary care
  • Variability in memory services
  • Post diagnosis support
  • Process of the inquiry

Length of publication: 47 pages

Focused Intervention Training and Support (FITS) – Care home training programme aims to reduce antipsychotic prescriptions

August 1, 2012

Source: Alzheimer’s Society  2012

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Date of publication:  2012

Publication type: webpage

In a nutshell: Alzheimer’s Society has developed the ‘Focused Intervention Training and Support’ (FITS), an evidence-based training programme designed for care home staff. The programme aims to train staff to deliver person-centred care to help safely manage behavioural symptoms as an alternative to using medication.

The programme was shown to successfully reduce the use of antipsychotics by almost 50% in comparison to usual care, without worsening behavioural symptoms.

Length of publication: 2 pages