ADASS welcome for dementia awareness week

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday 17th May 2013
Embargo: 00.01hrs Monday 20th May 2013

ADASS President Sandie Keene has sent her best wishes to the Alzheimers Society and other voluntary groups who are preparing for next weeks Dementia Awareness Week this year devoted to encouraging people to talk about dementia, and to talk to people with dementia.

The week lasts from May 19 to the 25, and communities, voluntary organisations and individuals up and down the country are being urged to hold tea parties to encourage conversation and to raise money for the charities involved. A substantial exercise on Twitter is also being planned.

Mrs Keene said: ADASS members will be fully backing the aims and objectives of this awareness week. More and more is becoming known about the impact of dementia, the growing needs of the growing numbers of people with dementia, and the growing pressures on our health and social care system which are involved.

She went on: There is, now, a widespread recognition of the extent and seriousness of dementia. We welcome the positive commitment by the government, and particularly the Prime minister, as well as local authorities to improve services through better and earlier diagnosis; better prevention; better treatment and better, more personalised planning for care.

ADASS strongly supports Dementia Awareness Week as an important way of raising both public awareness and support for the many hundreds of people with dementia who use community services.

She also stressed the fact that two thirds of people with dementia live in their own homes and that support and training for carers, and training to a suitable level for frontline care workers, is `absolutely critical. "The importance of making information and advice available before and at the point of diagnosis cannot be stressed enough so that people know where to get the help and support they need she said.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, President, ADASS: 01132 478700
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Media Adviser: 020 8348 5023 07976 837755

Pictures of Sandie Keene available on request

For details of National Dementia Week please see: http://alturl.com/4vewk 

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. Nearly a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.

A personal budget is a clear, upfront amount of funding from adult social care which individuals can spend on the services and support they need to help them live more independently. It can be used to buy services from both the council and other providers, mixing and matching whats available from different organisations.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is eligible for social care support can have a personal budget - but it is down to individuals whether they manage their budget themselves or whether someone else does this on their behalf.

The Department of Health survey of adult social care 2010/2011 showed that:

* 62% of service users who responded said that they were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they receive.

*28% said they were quite satisfied, 7% said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and the remaining 3% said they were dissatisfied.

*26% reported their quality of life was so good, it could not be better or very good.

* 31% reported it was good, and

*33% reported it was alright.

* 10% reported their quality of life was either bad, very bad or so bad it could not be worse.