Providers of health and social care services are being urged to join up with 360 other care providers in signing the Dementia Pledge, which is a commitment to provide exceptional support and care for people with dementia.
The Dementia Pledge, which was commissioned by the Department of Health National Dementia Work Force Advisory Group, was launched last month. A total of 360 care providers throughout the UK have already joined the campaign, committing to adapt their services in order to meet the specific needs of people living with dementia.
There are four key principles included in the Pledge:
1. Know the person who is living with dementia
2. Provide quality care and a quality life
3. Ensure that everyone has a leadership role
4. Provide value-focused care
Any care providers signing up to the Pledge will be given support to develop an action plan to improve the services, including care training, they provide to dementia sufferers and their families. They will also be given access to free learning resources and information to help providers assess their current services.
The joint chair of the Dementia Pledge, Professor Martin Green OBE, said:
“The Dementia Pledge is a proactive way for care providers to demonstrate their commitment to delivering excellent dementia care.”