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Rethinking Respite – Call for Good Practice

Two years ago, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales asked people living with dementia about the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives and what action could be taken to improve their quality of life.  Their experiences formed the basis of my report Dementia: More Than Just Memory Loss, which was published in 2016.  One of the key areas of concern identified within the report was the lack of flexible, enabling and personalised respite care.

They are now exploring this issue further through a piece of work called ‘Rethinking Respite’ . There are various aspects to the project, including engagement opportunities in 2018 with people affected by dementia, and the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester have been commissioned to carry out a literature review and an analysis of good practice.

If you are aware of any related good practice, could you share details of this e via an online portal included here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Rethinking_Respite. An alternative template format is also available and attached to this message, for return by email or by post to the University of Worcester (contact details included on the form).

Please provide any responses by 8 December 2017.

The resulting information will be brought together with the other elements of the project and published in a report in 2018.

Thank you in advance for your support with this work, which will help to re-think what respite care can be and improve the lives of people affected by dementia.


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