ADASS Dementia Strategy

Association of Directors of Adults Social Services
Date: June 23, 2008
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have strongly welcomed todays launch of a Government consultation process designed to inform and guide the content of its fully-fledged Dementia Strategy due to be published later this year.

According to ADASS Vice President Jenny Owen, the process launched today hopefully marks the beginning of important improvements that will, over time, be made in the way we care for people suffering with dementia.

Increasingly we are beginning to concentrate on positive and empowering outcomes for people with dementia, rather than simply concentrating on the difficulties which can arise for them. Bringing the principles of personalised care to bare on their services will mean enabling dementia sufferers, as far as possible, to exercise control over the types of support, care and facilities they want which will help them to live safely and maintain their quality of Life.

Jenny Owen also co-chairs the National Dementia Strategy working group alongside Professor Sube Bannerjee.

* The National Dementia Strategy is due to be launched in October this year, and Jenny Owen, Professor Bannerjee and other members of the working group will be holding a workshop on the issues at this years National Children and Adult Services Conference in Liverpool

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For further information, contact:
Jenny Owen, ADASS Vice President, 01245 434806
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755