Information for organisations who are providing, or are planning to provide services for people living with dementia in Leicester.
Where are we now?
There are 3,141 individuals living with dementia in Leicester in 2020; 3,065 of whom are aged 65 years or over, and 76 under the age of 65.
The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Living Well with Dementia Strategy 2019-2022 (PDF) is designed around the NHS England Well Pathway for Dementia and has five guiding principles, each of which are supported by key priorities and actions:
- preventing well
- diagnosing well
- living well
- supporting well
- dying well
A newly commissioned Dementia Support Service will begin on 1 April 2021 with a three-year contract with the option to extend. The provider of this service will be Age UK. The service is jointly commissioned with Leicestershire County Council and the area’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). This community-focused service is for anyone living in Leicester who has a dementia diagnosis, and for their families and carers.
Where are we going?
It is predicted that the number of people with dementia in the city will rise to 4,259 by 2035 – a rise of 35% from 2020. However, we know that people can live well with dementia if they are supported effectively to plan for the future.
In our work with people living with dementia and their carers, we have heard how they need organisations to have a good understanding of the condition and how it affects them. They said they need to be able to go somewhere that can provide them with proper advice, and that younger people with a diagnosis struggle to access the appropriate support.
What this means for providers
People living with dementia and their carers need many types of service, and we encourage all providers to become dementia friendly. We would like organisations to ensure that their staff become ‘Dementia Friends’ in order to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of dementia and respond accordingly, signposting people to the specialist Dementia Support Service as appropriate. Find out more on the Dementia Friends website.
Other useful information for providers
We encourage all service providers register their service on the Leicester MyChoice website which will help them promote it to both the public and professionals.
Diana Dorozkinaite, Business Change Commissioning Manager