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Give your views on dementia support services in Essex

Health / Sat 23rd Mar 2024 at 07:22am

RESIDENTS are asked to share their views to help shape dementia support services in the county.

Essex County Council has launched an online survey to hear about peoples experiences with dementia. It also aims to find out views on support available.

The existing community dementia support service will end in March 2025. Engagement taking place now will help shape what the new service might look like beyond this.

Current support includes:

giving people the tools to remain independent, and as part of their community, for as long as possible
working with communities to ensure that they understand dementia
supporting communities to be inclusive of people living with, and affected by dementia
providing access to information and support that helps people adapt to a life with dementia
helping individuals and families have the knowledge, confidence, and support networks to live independently
Councillor John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “So many of us have been affected by dementia in some way, shape or form. And many will know the real devastating impact it can have.

“We are committed to making sure those that are living with dementia and family and friends that support them have the best possible support services to lean on.

“To do this, it is really important to learn from real life experiences and speak with people affected by dementia. This is so we can learn where we are doing well and what we can improve on. This will help us shape our future support services in line with what people want and need. I would urge people to take our survey and share their views.”

The survey can be completed online and will be open until 13 June 2024. The views of those living with dementia, their families and carers are sought, however anyone can take part. The council would also like to hear from people who work closely with those affected by dementia.

Search dementia survey at essex.gov.uk or visit: https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/commissioning-delivery/4e6de293/

For enquiries or for alternative ways to take part email [email protected]

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