This Example of Practice is a case study which highlights the use of additional AHP support which was provided to community service users through the use of Change Fund resources.
Service user was referred to speech and language therapy by her GP. She had been experiencing significant word-finding difficulties and was worried about her memory. Previously service user would have waited a lengthy period for assessment which would have required out patient assessment.
Continue to increase the rate of diagnosis, agree a diagnosis pathway for dementia that complies with the Dementia Standards and enhance current provision of post diagnostic support to achieve the Post Diagnostic Heat Target.
Responding to the National Dementia Strategy and the National Dementia Standards, the Dementia Support Service was set up to provide short term intervention for cases that had ordinarily ended up at crisis or in the residential care system.
The management of frail Angus patients was reliant on hospital admission and prolonged stay to assess and manage acute or often non-acute de compensation to a frail person’s health. This resulted in high occupancy rates in community hospitals and adverse outcomes for patients such as hospital acquired infection.
East Dunbartonshire has the highest ratio of older people in Scotland. The percentage of population with dementia in the area is also greater than the national average and is expected to increase even further.
The clinic model contributes to a more efficient use of existing services through enhanced co-ordination of the existing resources of all of the partner organisations. They deliver flexibly and sensitively the type of advice and support that people with dementia have told us they need.