Creating an environment in which personalised community supports for people with dementia can develop requires the underpinning enablers of i) community level information and awareness raising initiatives and ii) training and education activities for people working in all domains of the ‘care and support ecosystem’. Both underpinning enablers play a positive reinforcing role to the support provided at all stages throughout the dementia journey.
Community-level information and awareness raising
Information and awareness raising initiatives support a change in attitude and contribute to de-stigmatising dementia. Efforts to change behaviour through stimulating active involvement of the community requires a deliberate strategy to progress from a ‘dementia friendly’ community to a ‘dementia supportive’ community. This requires targeted engagement with groups/networks in the community with a ‘specific ask’ that will add value to the person with dementias life and recognises their personhood. This takes time and skill to navigate.
Training and Education Activities
The complexity of dementia and its trajectory requires an informed and knowledgeable support system of family, staff and volunteers to provide support to the person with dementia. These activities are key to ensuring that people working in all domains of the ‘care and support ecosystem’ have the necessary skills and competencies to provide high quality, person-centred care and support.