In Control is working with the Alzheimer's Society on a pilot
project funded by Nottinghamshire County Council to explore and
reduce the barriers people with dementia face in the take up of
One of the main barriers is the lack of tailored and accessible
information for those with dementia explaining what personal
budgets are, how they work and how to access them.
In Control was asked to support the Alzheimer's Society to carry
out an audit of the information available to people with dementia
relating to personalisation and personal budgets.
This audit is just one step in the pilot project with the aim
being an improved process in the delivery of personal budgets - in
particular direct payments - and the development of a range of
materials specifically for those with dementia to better support
them make decisions about their own care.
In Control used our expertise in production of engaging
information about personal budgets to review a vast range of
materials from councils, local and national organisations and
charities across the UK. The Alzheimer's Society are also reviewing
these materials with people with dementia and their carers as part
of a series of focus groups.
The results so far have been very enlightening and will be made
available shortly as part of a joint report with the Alzheimer's
The final list of recommendations will be put forward to
Nottinghamshire County Council for consideration and development
into a range of materials that will not only provide ease of access
to those with dementia, but provide a range of best practice
materials other councils can use to ensure they too increase access
to personal budgets for all.
In Control has also been involved in the wider discussion around
dementia and personalisation as part of the Westminster Health
Forum Keynote Seminar held on 26th November. Martin Routledge, our
head of operations, spoke as part of a panel discussing
'Personalisation, providing dementia friendly services and meeting
the costs of care'. To read more and to download a copy of Martin's
presentation visit: /news/in-control-news/martin-routledge-speaks-at-westminster-health-forum.aspx
For more information about this project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org