Making personal budgets dementia friendly: a guide for local authorities

Source:
SCIE Social Care Online
Publisher:
Alzheimer's Society
Publication date:
01 January 2016

Abstract

A practical guide providing advice and cost-effective actions to help local authorities improve the experience of people with dementia and their carers in accessing personal budgets. The guide draws on research involving focus groups with people affected by dementia and an evaluation of information available to people with dementia concerning personal budgets. The guide identifies five areas that can act as barriers for people with dementia in accessing personal budgets. These are communication, process, finance, lack of dementia awareness among health and social care professions, and poor staff awareness of personalisation agenda. The guide outlines each of these barriers, highlights key findings from the research, and provides a list of actions to help local authorities address the issues. The guide draws on research involving focus groups with people affected by dementia and an evaluation of information available to people with dementia concerning personal budgets. The guide also includes a Dementia-friendly personal budgets charter which provides a set of principles to help local authorities ensure that personal budgets work effectively for people living with dementia.