Working with clinicians and policy-makers, the Dementia Action Alliance has drafted a Dementia-Friendly Hospital Charter to support hospitals to fulfil their commitment to become dementia-friendly. This started in October 2012 with the Right Care: a call to action to create dementia-friendly hospitals. All acute trusts in England were asked to make a public commitment to becoming dementia-friendly. 164 acute and non-acute trusts made that commitment with 88 submitting Action Plans and joining the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA).

Monday 20th May 2019 marks the start of Dementia Awareness Week.

The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

A Havering residential care home has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Ebury Court Residential Care Home Limited, has been rated Outstanding for being effective, responsive and well-led. It was rated Good for being safe and caring, following an inspection in September 2018.

The home provides care for up to 39 people, many of whom have dementia. People, relatives and staff all thought the service was extremely well-led and the management team cared deeply about people.

In October 2012, the National Dementia Action Alliance (NDAA) launched the Right Care: a call to action initiative to create dementia-friendly hospitals. All acute trusts in England were asked to make a public commitment to become a dementia-friendly hospital and work in partnership with the NDAA to achieve this.

A report has recently been published about Dementia services in Barking and Dagenham by Healthwatch, an organisation which acts as the champions of consumers for local people in relation to health and social services. The report publishes new statistics on dementia and lists the many different services available to those who need them.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham has supported many dementia awareness campaigns over the years and is committed to improving the lives of those who suffer from dementia and their families.

This week is Dementia Action Week 2018 (21st-27th of May). There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Approximately 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia and approximately 40,000 are living with young-onset dementia (onset before the age of 65).

Janis Cottee a star volunteer of Jon Cruddas MP and committed dementia campaigner, recently attended an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia meeting. Attending as a carer, Janis participated in conversations around dementia and disability.

On the 17th of April 2018, Janis Cottee (a volunteer for Jon Cruddas and active dementia campaigner) was one of only 10 carers given a free place to attend the Dementia 2020 Conference and Exhibition. The conference, which took place at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, allowed participants to hear from senior leaders from many key partner organisations involved in the Dementia 2020 Challenge.

This year the annual Dementia Action Alliance conference was attended by well over 100 members, individuals affected by dementia, and experts in their field across the health and social care sectors. The day was co-chaired by Professor Dawn Brooker of University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies and Tracey Shorthouse a former District Nurse and Living with Dementia.

Earlier this month, the UK Dementia Congress held its 11th annual multi-disciplinary, dementia-focussed event and exhibition in the UK. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for people living with dementia, carers, and other professionals to learn from and be inspired by others’ experiences. The event which this year was open to the public for the first time, aims to help people make connections, and build bridges towards best practice in their own localities.

On Tuesday 17 March Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas pledged to make this election memorable by taking action to support the 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK.

Jon Cruddas joined over 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Westminster to meet people with dementia and commit to support those affected by the condition. On the day, Jon supported Alzheimer’s Society’s general election campaign that is calling for more people to get the dementia diagnosis they need and for everyone to be properly supported afterwards. 

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