The Welsh Ambulance Serviceās work with the dementia community is being celebrated in a new documentary series which explores the ground-breaking advances being made to help people with the disease.
A link to the docu-series available at the end of this article.
Hope in the Age of DementiaĀ examines how the Trust has enlisted the support of people with dementia to help shape and deliver training across the workforce.
The programme, a joint venture by the ITN Productions and Alzheimerās Disease International, also hears from leaders in the field of neuroscience, research and drug discovery.
Alison Johnstone, the Welsh Ambulance Serviceās Programme Manager for Dementia, said: āFor people living with dementia, using an ambulance ā whether itās for an emergency or a planned trip ā can often be a stressful experience.
āWeāre really trying to understand the needs of people living with dementia so that we can strengthen and improve our services in future.’
āWhatās been wonderful is that people living with dementia are involved in that work and are front and centre delivering that training with us, and for us.ā
People with dementia have also been invited into the Trustās Clinical Contact Centres to see how 999 calls are triaged, as well as to ambulance stations to offer a view on how dementia-friendly they find the vehicles, equipment and uniforms.
Linda Willis, of Newport, who was diagnosed with dementia aged 61, has been among those involved in the work.
āItās given me such a confidence boost, I canāt praise the ambulance service enough,ā she said.
āThey actually listen to what people with dementia want and need from the service, and have delivered it, and that means so much.ā
Dementia affects more than 50 million people worldwide and this number is expected to more than triple by 2050.
Funding from Welsh Government has helped make much of the Trustās work a reality.
Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: āThe Welsh Ambulance Serviceās innovative work to improve the experiences of people living with dementia exemplifies the aims set out in our Dementia Action Plan for Wales, recognising the different ways in which people living with dementia require support.
āThis co-productive approach to developing and delivering training shows the value of listening to people living with dementia and rightly ensures services are person-centred.ā
Claire Roche, the Trustās Executive Director of Quality and Nursing, added: āKnowing how to recognise dementia and respond appropriately can make all the difference to a patientās support, care and treatment.
āThatās why weāre so committed to hearing first-hand about their experience, so that we can make our services even better for them.
āThis programme is an incredible opportunity for the Welsh Ambulance Service to showcase our dementia work and promote the exciting dementia programme we have in Wales.ā
Hope in the Age of Dementia can be viewed here.