Canvey Island is dementia friendly

Canvey Island has been awarded Dementia Friendly Community Status. In April 2018 Cassie Searle, Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) Coordinator in the Dementia Community Support Team, led an initiative named ISPACE with the objective of supporting GP surgeries  to become Dementia Friendly.

ISPACE stands for:

I-identify a Dementia Champion within the surgery and join the Dementia Action Alliance.

S-staff who are skilled and have time to care - Dementia Friends session for all staff.

P-partnership working with family – Ensuring carers are included in the patient’s journey.

A-assessment of Dementia- Be aware of the need to offer early support during diagnosis.

C-care plans which are person centred – Offer support from the local Dementia Navigator.

E-environments that are Dementia Friendly – Consider the environment to support patient.

Following on from the success of the Dementia Friendly GP surgeries other businesses, services, organisations, leisure facilities and clubs, churches and the Town Council were invited to get involved and join the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA). The DAA was welcomed by many organisations, invited to meetings, lunches and to wellbeing events to help raise awareness of Dementia and the support offered by the Dementia Community Support Team.

The foundations of Canvey becoming dementia friendly were enhanced by the arrival of the Dementia Navigator, Diane Webster in September 2018 and this was celebrated in December with the official launch of the Dementia Community Support Team on Canvey Island. The whole community pulled together to create a fantastic event. The community choir sang reminiscence songs, volunteers from St Nicholas Church provided beautiful homemade cakes and local Town Councillors and Mayors gave their time to volunteer for the day, along with colleagues from health and primary care who were also present supporting the event.

The most recent success is that Longview Care Home has become the first Dementia Friendly Care Home on Canvey Island. They are hoping to start the Archie Project a fantastic intergenerational project linking primary schools, care homes and local businesses together to inspire and raise awareness of Dementia for a whole new generation.

Dr Sunil Gupta, GP and Clinical Lead in Dementia for Castle Point and Rochford CCG said:

"I think this is an exciting innovation in Canvey Island which will make a big different to the quality of life of patients living with Dementia and their families"

Spencer Dinnage, Operational Service Manager, Dementia & Older People’s Community Mental Health (South & Mid Essex) said:

“The commitment and drive of the people of Canvey in becoming a Dementia Friendly Community is an inspiration to others and will have positive impact on the lives of all Canvey residents not just those with Dementia”. 

Kath Daly Castle Point and Rochford CCG patient representative said:

“I am absolutely delighted how the dementia friendly community has taken off in one year. All GPs are dementia friendly and we have the first Dementia Friendly care home in Castle Point. The community spirit has been fantastic. The benefit of this service, the community status and organisations signing up to become Dementia Friendly is just amazing.”

Nancy Smith, Commissioning Manager for Dementia, Southend Borough Council said:

“I am delighted that Canvey Island has been awarded Dementia Friendly Community Status which is so well deserved. The residents, businesses and community of Canvey have welcomed the Dementia Community Support Team with open arms and I am very proud of all they have achieved together”. 

For Dementia support please contact Diane Webster, Dementia Navigator for Canvey at dianewebster@southend.gov.uk or 07775 857259 or the Dementia Community Support Team on 01702 534772 or dementiacommunitysupport@southend.gov.uk

To join the Dementia Action Alliance or to become a Dementia Friendly organisation please contact Cassie Searle on cassiesearle@southend.gov.uk or George Pearl on georgepearl@southend.gov.uk or call 01702 534772.

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