Earlier this year the Dementia Friendly Communities team were tasked with a piece of work which would contribute to future commissioning of older persons services within Kent
Your Life Your Wellbeing
Kent County Council we are working towards the ethos of our residents ‘having a life, not just a service’. This is something we were keen to discuss with the people across Kent to gain an understanding of what is important to them and to get a good sense of what the people of Kent need in order to feel save and live happy, meaningful and fulfilled lives.
We want to ensure that all of the organisations and groups we have engaged with during this process are aware that their support has been invaluable; the process has been far more emotive and challenging than any of us envisaged.
It became clear during this work that many people we spoke to have seen us as a willing listening ear, someone ‘new’ and disconnected to any services they may be engaged with and this has, on a number of occasions, led to disclosures of issues or circumstances which may otherwise have remained hidden. We must stress that this is not a reflection on any of the services we were engaged with it was rather a bi-product of having someone new to talk to.
On occasion our team took action and sought support from staff members and others in order to further support the individuals needs and we are extremely grateful for the support that the hosting organisations have provided.
The full report can be read here: