Promising approaches to living well with dementia
Age UK has released a new report - Promising approaches to living well with dementia - focusing on what works in supporting people with dementia to live well.
Aimed at carers, individuals and organisations working in communities to support people living with dementia, the report is intended to be used as a practice resource. It offers a range of case studies from a wide range of organisations, programmes and services demonstrating approaches in practice.
The report was developed through a programme of work rooted in a rights-based approach to dementia. As part of the programme, it placed people with dementia at the centre and focused on what people said ‘living well’ meant to them. Key factors identified include:
- Personal wellbeing
- Positive relationships
- Active daily lives.
The report showcases approaches that relate to these domains of quality of life and positively impact upon quality of life outcomes. It proposes a new framework for understanding these approaches, to make sense of the way in which these could be brought together in communities.
It also looks at enabling services and support beyond the traditional domains of health and care services. This includes transport, technology, housing and care. These services are understood as enabling people with dementia to access and enjoy the things they most value and have the potential to facilitate cost-effective and timely direct interventions.