VisitEngland, VisitScotland and Alzheimer’s Society have worked together to produce Dementia-Friendly Tourism: A Practical Guide For Businesses.
The 30-page resource is aimed at tourism businesses of all sizes, and begins with introductory information on topics such as ‘Why become dementia-friendly?’, ‘What is dementia?’, and ‘Living well with dementia’. It goes on to present lots of practical suggestions in relation to three key aspects: information, people, and place, and concludes with tips for ‘What can you do next?’ The guide contains five detailed case studies, lots of photographs, and many quotes from people living with dementia.
Much of the content is very relevant to Australian readers. Access the guide at: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-friendly-communities/organisations/resources-organisations/dementia-friendly-tourism-guide
Getting to know the Standards
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is using its monthly newsletter to focus on Getting To Know The Standards, presenting information about one Quality Standard per issue. It begins by presenting the overarching principles and requirements for the standard, then shares links to supporting information, including guides, resources and case studies. The August newsletter began with a focus on Standard 1, Consumer Dignity and Choice, and subsequent months focus on Standard 2 and 3 and so on.
To access the newsletters, go to https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/search?keys=getting+to+know+the+standards
Dementia Experience Toolkit
The Dementia Experience Toolkit is a new resource from the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK which aims to help those wanting to measure the experience of people with dementia when commissioning, improving or creating new services and products.
The resource was developed with people affected by dementia, commissioners, and health and care professionals. Although aimed at a UK audience, the resource is substantial in scope and size, and much is relevant to Australia too.
The resource is divided into six sections, including for example: ‘Methods for finding out about the experience of people with dementia’, ‘Working with questions and data’, and ‘Real-life examples of measuring experience’, and each section includes examples, checklists and templates that can be downloaded for free. A helpful ‘Contents list’ section lists all of the content that appears in the toolkit, so you can scroll through all the subsections in one glance.
The toolkit is available at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementia-professionals/dementia-experience-toolkit
Alzheimer Europe campaigning
For those wanting to learn more about current dementia campaigning activity in Europe, Alzheimer Europe (AE) has published its Annual and Financial Report 2018.
The report summarises what AE has undertaken during 2018, under the following five work streams (which are also AE’s five organisational objectives): it has provided a voice to people with dementia; made dementia a European priority; promoted a rights-based approach to dementia; supported dementia research; and strengthened the European dementia movement. AE has been involved in a large number of projects across Europe, and the report gives an update on each of these.
The report is available at www.alzheimer-europe.org/