SILK are in the early stages of a project looking into what a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ might look like in Kent. This work will build on the Kent Dementia Co-production project we have been working on for the past year on behalf of KCC’s Head of Strategic Commissioning - Community Support, Emma Hanson. We have already been speaking to Kent residents about the dementia care pathway and have started working on opportunities to improve experiences, Dementia Friendly Communities is a natural progression which will involve the wider community and the contribution they can make.
We have been doing research into other communities in the UK who have started the journey to becoming dementia friendly and have also been looking further afield to communities outside of the UK to build a picture of the different approaches taken. We are arranging to visit these communities hopefully alongside some of the people living with dementia and carers we have worked with over the past year.
More information will be available soon as we continue to work on this exciting project.