Established in 1980, Alzheimer Scotland has been campaigning for the rights of people with dementia, and working on ensuring that everybody with the condition has got somebody to turn to. Their Dementia Resource Centers can now be found in 21 different locations which are there to offer a friendly and safe environment to those with the condition where their carers are able to visit and even take part in a wide range of activity groups. Their 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline is available for further information or emotional support for anyone with experience of dementia, including friends, families and professionals. Dementia Advisors are also available at Alzheimer Scotland who ensure to support people in local communities with a diagnosis on a more personal level by providing information and advice on the next steps.
The Actions of Alzheimer Scotland towards change:
The Charity’s vision involves six areas which are necessary to focus on positively changing the lives of people with the condition:
- The first area being the collective movement, where as many people, businesses and institutions are being involved and are actively engaging with the cause to empower and enable change.
- Via this collective movement, the charity is campaigning for early diagnosis where after the individual is able to receive structured support immediately for as long as needed.
- At the post diagnosis stage, they are seeking to see an improvement in the quality of the way people with dementia live as well as their carers.
- Within integrated care, Alzheimer Scotland is working on ensuring that good quality healthcare is provided from professionals who at that stage not only fully understand the condition but are also there to listen to the patient and their carer so their needs can be adjusted depending on their experiences.
- In advanced illness situations, the charity is campaigning to ensure that there is equality of access to nursing and health care free of charge, and that all advance needs related to health care are managed.
Involving the Scottish Government, Joint Boards and Local Authorities, the charity is working on ensuring that people with power over services, legislation and policies prioritise the condition and understand their exact needs so they can receive the correct support.
Including universities, businesses, families and as many people as possible, the charity continues to dramatically increase the awareness of dementia nationwide,and ensure that people who come across the charity receive the information necessary to confidently help people with the condition. As people with the experience of dementia are a key voice for change, Alzheimer Scotland ensures that their voices are heard, and their experiences guide the decision making process.
This innovative charity is proactively working towards a better future for people with dementia, their families, carers and anybody else who may be involved with the condition. To increase the community feel amongst their 90,000 Dementia Friends, 9000 members, thousands of volunteers and staff, they have an app available to download, so further information is available at your fingertips. By supporting Alzheimer Scotland, you’re not only ensuring that they are one step closer to their aim to give quality and personalised support for every person in need, but are also ensuring that in difficult times such as the Coronavirus pandemic, the movement is progressing as rapidly as possible.
If you wanted to find out more about Alzheimer Scotland, or to make a donation, you can visit their website: https://www.alzscot.org/