Easy read report about dementia friendly initiatives in Wiltshire

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Wiltshire created an easy read report about dementia friendly initiatives in Wiltshire. They produced two surveys, one for dementia friendly initiatives and the other for people living with dementia and their carers. They visited some community groups and day services to get people to complete the surveys. They also shared the survey with other organisations they work with.

They found that most dementia friendly initiatives were working well including improving dementia awareness, giving information about dementia and dementia services and setting up community groups and social activities. Most people they spoke with told them that their local community was dementia friendly and that they felt a part of their local communities. This helped them to be more active and independent. They also said that dementia friendly initiatives meant that they could keep up their interests, make new friends, that they felt more confident and happier. Carers felt that dementia friendly initiatives gave them useful advice and reassurance. However, people felt that there was still a need for greater dementia awareness, specially in shops and on public transport.

Healthwatch Wiltshire wrote a report and shared it with the Council and NHS Wiltshire and other organisations involved with dementia work. They made recommendations that organisations work together to maintain and build on the dementia friendly initiatives in Wiltshire.

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General details

Report title 
Easy read report about dementia friendly initiatives in Wiltshire
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wiltshire
Date of publication 
Monday, 3 February, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 26 February, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 26 February, 2020
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Engagement
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-5172

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
None
Primary research method used 
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Research
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Memory
Types of long term conditions 
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
0
Age group 
All
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
No
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
N/A
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Positive

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.