Dementia portal created by county council

Categories: Community Engagement.

Coventry and Warwickshire Council’s dementia portal shows innovation in bringing together information about dementia care into a single, simple to use website, and has been commended during Prime Minister’s Questions

The resource has been designed with all relevant stakeholders in mind, including patients, carers and health and social care professionals. Its simple and informative design brings together general information about dementia and local dementia care resources.

The portal includes information such as:

  • factsheets and leaflets
  • advice for patients, carers and family
  • e-learning modules
  • sports and exercise activities
  • community resources such as dementia cafes and online forums.

It is estimated that there are 42,000 over-65-year-olds in Warwickshire accessing information online, which is a figure that is expected to grow. Trusted online information is vital in helping those who have received a diagnosis of dementia, or may be concerned about others.

The portal was created with a budget of less than £10,000, and has been the result of partnerships with other agencies. These relationships are being capitalised on for a future project of testing the use of iPads in a residential care setting.

More information about the service can be found in an article on The Guardian by Christine Lewington, the head of strategic commissioning for adult social care at Warwickshire Council. 

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