Bid to make Flintshire a comfortable place to visit for people with dementia

A BID is made to make Flintshire a place where people with dementia feel comfortable visiting.

The Flintshire Council has launched an offer to become a friendly, insane organization, applying to obtain accreditation from the Alzheimer Society.

The program is designed to ensure that people with dementia feel valued and able to contribute to their community.

It focuses on improving the quality of life through training and awareness, both with residents and with staff working for local authorities.

As part of the scheme, the board intends to examine how services can help

those with dementia, such as assisted waste collection, day care services and improved signage.

Neil Ayling, director general of the Flintshire Social Services Council, said there are many ways staff can help.

In a report he said: "The employees of all portfolios will come into contact with people living with dementia and their carers.

"The first symptoms can affect people physically, cognitively and emotionally.

"As a result they may not be able to do many of the things they used to do, or easily understand or explain to others what is happening to them or what is needed.

"As a council friend of dementia, our workforce will be better informed and equipped to identify and satisfy needs."

There are already four recognized dementia communities accredited in the county in the cities of Flint, Buckley, Mold and Saltney.

Meanwhile, the Holywell and Deeside areas are currently awaiting accreditation, along with a collective offer from the villages of Hope, Caergwrle, Cymau and Abermorddu.

The Council of Ministers of the Flintshire Council will be invited to agree that the council will move towards the creation of a friendly dementia organization when it meets next week.

Cllr Christine Jones, member of the social services cabinet, said: "To seal our commitment to this agenda we would like to progress to become a Council for dementia friendly, one of the first in North Wales.

"We are not starting this work from a starting point.

"Increasing awareness of dementia and how it affects people in our communities has occurred for a number of years.

"We already have a number of departments across the board that are" dementia-friendly teams "and our chief officer team and some elected members have also received training."

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