Dementia Choices: Developing self-directed support in social care for people with dementia
The Dementia Choices project was set up to explore self-directed support for people living with dementia, their families and friends, and staff who support them.
What is self-directed support?
Self-directed support is a new way for people to regain and remain in control of their lives. Self-directed support, including direct payments and individual budgets, enables people living with dementia (and their carers) to have more freedom and choice about the social care services they receive.
Four pilot sites were involved throughout this project and aimed to explore and promote what people living with dementia might want from self-directed support and what kind of information they need.
Throughout the project we found that there was a very low level of awareness and understanding of self-directed support among people living with dementia and their family carers. We also found that a wide variety of social care workers at a local level needed practical information about how self-directed support can work for people living with dementia. If self-directed support is going to benefit people living with dementia then it is important that all practitioners (not just those in local social care services) understand self-directed support and can confidently discuss it with people living with dementia and their family carers.
This project produced a range of materials for people with dementia, their families and friends, and staff working in social care, to raise awareness and providing information about self-directed support:
Dementia Choices was a two year project based in England that was funded through the Department of Health’s Innovation Excellence and Service Development Third Sector Investment programme. It finished in March 2011. The following organisations were involved in piloting this work:
- Bury Metropolitan Borough council
- Cornwall Care Ltd
- Crossroads Care Cambridge City
- London Borough of Redbridge
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