Influencing local government
Alzheimer's Society works with local decision-makers to make sure the voices of people affected by dementia are heard. Find out how you can help influence change in your area.
Local authorities have a key role in developing the way that services are provided to people affected by dementia.
They make vital decisions on how to allocate resources, and how those resources will support people living with dementia.
How do we work with local government?
We engage with local councillors, local government officers, and local health and social care partners to influence policies that better support people living with the condition and those who care for them.
We work to make sure health and social care services are more joined up and easier to access for people affected by dementia.
We also support individuals to share their experiences with decision-makers to improve the care and support they need to live well with dementia.
By working with local government, we make sure that everyone can
- access a timely diagnosis
- receive appropriate information and advice about local support services
- get personalised support
People affected by dementia have been worst hit by coronavirus.
Disrupted routines, social isolation and loss of support have taken a serious toll on their health and wellbeing.
It is not just people with dementia who have been affected. During lockdown many carers of people living with dementia told us they have received no assessment of their needs and have not been able to take breaks away from caring. They have been struggling to care round the clock for their loved ones, exhausted and burnt out with nowhere else to turn.
Local recovery plans must prioritise people affected by dementia
The effects of the outbreak cannot be undone, but urgent action can be taken to better protect people with dementia and those who care for them now and in the future.
Alongside the rollout of the vaccine programme, we believe that local governments have the opportunity to repair some of the devastating impacts the pandemic has had on people affected by dementia.
We are in touch with local councillors and local government officers, using every available influencing opportunity, to make sure they place the needs of people affected by dementia at the heart of their recovery plans.
We are calling on local governments to:
- address how people who are waiting for assessment and diagnosis will be supported, particularly where people may struggle to cope with their symptoms in the absence of pre-COVID-19 levels of community care and support.
- proactively identify people who need rehabilitation and ensure services are available to meet this need.
- map out the support that carers of people living with dementia have received during the pandemic and how their support needs have increased.
- proactively offer new carers assessments to address how their needs may have changed and reopen respite services at the earliest possible opportunity when safe.
How you can make your voice heard
Taking part in local elections and challenging candidates to support our calls to action can be very powerful. Council and Mayoral elections take place in various parts of the country every May.