Ambitious proposals to integrate local authority day care and NHS day hospital services to significantly improve local access to older people’s mental health services have been approved by West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP).
Councillor Gail Casey, the Chair of the West Dunbartonshire CHCP Committee, said: “We all know that the incidence of dementia in our population is growing and, hopefully, the new model of care will set us up well to address this increasing demand in the months and years ahead. I think that in this case, we can clearly demonstrate the value added by bringing the resources of the Council and the NHS Board together for the benefit of our local population and I am particularly pleased to see that this significant increase in capacity can be achieved within the existing financial resources that we have available.”
The key benefits of the approved proposals include:
• A doubling of the number of older people’s assessment and memory clinics resulting in early diagnosis and treatment of Dementia
• The creation of new therapeutic recreational groups, in partnership with Carers of West Dumbarton and Alzheimer’s Scotland, which will create the opportunity for 24 more people to attend daily.
• The creation of a new Dementia Café, in partnership with Carers of West Dumbarton and Alzheimer’s Scotland, to offer further services and support to the work of carers, offering them a place to meet, be with loved ones and to get some very much needed peer support.
Under the new proposals some staff will now become part of the Older Peoples Community Mental Health Team and will be freed up to assess and treat up to 175 additional patients per year which will have a major impact on early diagnosis and treatment for local residents.
Patients who previously attended Ardmore will now be seen either by the Older Peoples Community Mental Health Team in their own homes or at the Langcraigs Day Care Unit in Dumbarton or at the Oasis Day Centre in Garelochhead for those patients who came from the Argyll & Bute area.
Ardmore will still be used for memory clinics as it is currently however the remaining space will be at heart of further integrated work with Alzheimers Scotland and Carers of Dumbarton to create a Dementia Café to offer further services and support to the work of carers, offering them a place to meet, be with loved ones and to get some very much needed peer support.
Keith Redpath, Director of West Dunbartonshire CHCP, said: “I am delighted that these proposals were unanimously agreed by the CHCP Committee. It means that we can provide significantly greater access, both at home and in day settings, to services including memory clinics for early diagnosis of Dementia, psychological therapies and a wider range of other services to support the increasing number of our older residents with dementia.”
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