A Claverley and Pattingham GP Surgery has become the first in south Staffordshire to make a national commitment to support and transform the lives of people affected by dementia by becoming a dementia friendly practice.
With support from Lindsey Smith, Information Worker for the Alzheimer’s Society, Claverley and Pattingham Medical Practice, in Spicers Close Claverley, has joined the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), which encourages and supports local communities and organisations across England to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia.
Organisations, businesses and groups sign up as a member of the DAA by developing simple steps that would make them more dementia friendly such as providing awareness sessions for staff to understand what dementia is and the impact this can have, ensuring staff and the community are aware of local services and support to being mindful of environmental factors and ensuring clear and meaningful signage.
Practice spokesperson Dr Peter Jones said “We have undertaken training and become a dementia friendly practice to establish the commitment of the practice to the care of patients with dementia and raise awareness among patients. We recognise the demands on the practice with its elderly and nursing home demographics.”
Since taking steps to become dementia friendly the practice has also established a working link with Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, who have similarly made a commitment to work towards becoming dementia friendly by hosting dementia friendly matches.
Kat Horner, DAA Coordinator said “It’s fantastic to welcome Claverley and Pattinghham Medical Practice as the first GP practice to sign up to the DAA in South Staffordshire. Having the support of the practice is so important for those who are affected by dementia.
“By working together, understanding more about dementia and taking often very simple steps we can make it easier for someone living with dementia to continue to be part of their local community.
“I would encourage all GP practices, businesses, organisations or service providers from all sectors to sign up and to be part of this social movement, so we can really make a positive change for people living with dementia”.