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.