Creating a dementia-friendly Surrey

Centres like Daybreak offer entertainment, warmth and company as well as respite care

For people with dementia, the world may sometimes seem a confusing and disorientating place.

Drawing on experiences and input from people with dementia and their carers, we've launched a five-year plan, working closely with local NHS services, to make better Surrey a better place for everyone affected by the condition.

At its heart is an ambition to establish dementia-friendly communities across the county.

Supporting well

Our plan sets out ambitions to improve all five stages of the dementia pathway, including diagnosis and end-of-life care. It's focused on supporting people living with the condition to maintain their independence for as long as possible and enjoy quality of life.

When it comes to "supporting well", we want to make sure that people with dementia and their carers live in supportive dementia-friendly communities, feel empowered and know where to go to seek information, advice and help.

We also want to work with communities and make sure enough day opportunities are available in Surrey to enable people with dementia to enjoy social interaction and meaningful activities, and give carers a break.

Daybreak

Daybreak is a voluntary-run day centre in Spelthorne which makes a big difference to the lives of people with conditions including dementia. The centre provides a warm and caring environment where older people and adults with disabilities can take part in activities and entertainment and enjoy a freshly prepared hot meal.

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Sinead Mooney visited Daybreak and spoke to Nurse Manager Sally Kidd about the difference places like Daybreak make to residents and their carers, and their role in supporting Surrey's dementia strategy.

Take a look at the video below for more information on Daybreak and the work that is being done there.

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