Working to become a dementia-friendly borough
Boston Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is extremely proud to announce that that The Alzheimer's Society has granted Boston Borough "Working toward Dementia Friendly Community" status.
Led by the DAA members and working in partnership with key partners, the plan is to celebrate all the actions and improvements undertaken so far while encouraging more organisations to join this social movement.
Since 2015 Boston DAA has been bringing the community together to create an environment where people affected by dementia feel understood and included, can confidently contribute to community life and can live as independently as possible for as long as possible. This has included everything from Dementia Friends awareness sessions, business conferences, enhancing support available and access to information, community mosaic right through to yarnbombing the town.
Amongst the organisations leading the way are Greyfriars Surgery, Chattertons Solicitors and Mayflower Housing, each of whom have undertaken a series of actions to become more Dementia Friendly, from staff training, establishing respite services, free legal advice to friendly coffee mornings.
In recognition of their work these three organisations will be the first to display the Forget-me-not logo in their windows. Look out for these across the borough in future to help recognise those organisations which are working to become dementia friendly. A list of dementia friendly organisations is available on the Boston DAA website, http://bit.ly/2AxF929
Karen Young, Practice Manager for Greyfriars Surgery, explained how easy, yet beneficial it is to get involved: "Our participation in the DAA has revolutionised the way our doctors, nurses and receptionists now support people with dementia and their carers. Through the training undertaken and the experience on the virtual dementia bus our team now has a greater understanding as to how a person with dementia sees the world. This has enabled our team to ensure, where possible, we can make a positive impact on the lives and needs of the person with dementia and their carer."
Everyone, from statutory organisations, health boards, to the local corner shop and hairdresser, have a responsibility to make sure people with dementia feel active, engaged and valued. Many organisations have already demonstrated so much support to this movement.
Davina Hellon of the Alzheimer's Society, left, presents Chattertons Solicitors witjh their dementia friendly award. Also pictured, from left, are Kate Twigg, Emma Johnson and Katherine Bunting, of Chattertons