To the Fighter Jets – A Call to Action!
If I’m honest when I think of a Call to Action, I think of the scene in Independence Day (1996) where the President of the USA is getting everyone geared up to fight back against the alien invasion. Before you get chance to say it – yes I am a nerd.
But now, calls to action are everywhere, I see them everywhere – and now I’m involved in one!
Carers Trust has been part of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) for a few years now. Last year, carers and carers’ organisations involved raised the need for the DAA to act more actively on behalf of carers of people with dementia.
The carers noted that The Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia did not include enough clear actions to improve the lives of carers as well as those with dementia.
A working group was established to develop a plan and the basis of The Carers’ Call to Action.
The Carers’ Call to Action (CC2A) identifies a Shared Vision for carers for people with dementia. This is:
- have recognition of the unique experience of caring for someone with dementia
- are recognised as essential partners in care – valuing their knowledge and the support they provide to enable the person with dementia to live well
- have access to expertise in dementia care for personalised information, advice, support and co-ordination of care for the person with dementia
- have assessments and support to identify the on-going and changing needs to maintain their own health and well-being
- have confidence that they are able to access good quality care, support and respite services that are flexible, culturally appropriate, timely and provided by skilled staff for both the carer and the person for whom they care
The CC2A is focusing specifically on the newly established Health and Wellbeing Boards, asking them two take a two phased approach.
By March 2014 CC2A will engage with all Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Government in England to make a commitment to our shared vision. We will provide support, resources, examples of good practice and solutions.
By March 2015 two thirds of Health and Wellbeing Boards, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Government in England will recognise the importance of support for carers of people with dementia. Local areas will be awarded star ratings by the CC2A based on demonstrating measurable actions in line with the five aims of OUR SHARED VISION.
So now for action! Remember the President of the United States rousing the pilots to fight the aliens – well we’re at that scene.
Carers’ organisations can do exactly the same as individual carers as well as get involved with their local Dementia Action Alliance which are growing at an exceptional rate around the country.
It’s time for action. Carers Trust recent research “A Road Less Rocky” showed that carers of people come into contact with a whole range of professionals and experience multiple crisis points whilst caring yet are still not being supported or given the information they need. This is a chance to try and address this.
So raise your voices people – and to the fighter jets!