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ExtraCare Joins the Dementia Action Alliance

14th September, 2011

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust has been accepted as the newest member of the Dementia Action Alliance.

Dementia Action Alliance

Along with organisations such as the Alzheimer's Society, the Care Quality Commission and the Royal College of Nursing, by joining the Alliance, ExtraCare has announced a commitment to improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

Members of the Dementia Action Alliance have signed up to a National Dementia Declaration, which explains some of the challenges faced by people living with dementia and some outcomes they would like to see, including feeling like a valued part of the community and being able to make decisions about their own lives.

As an Alliance member, ExtraCare has put together an action plan to support these outcomes.

Part of this action plan is our pioneering Enriched Opportunities Programme (EOP), which is a joint research project between ExtraCare and the University of Bradford. The EOP offers tailored activities for residents in our villages and schemes with dementia, given by a specialist dementia therapist known as a Locksmith.

Regional manager Guy Page, who is in charge of the EOP, said, "We offer housing to people with a diagnosis of dementia when we know we can meet their needs and our stated ambition is that we will endeavour to provide people with a home for life, including if their life's journey takes them to experiencing dementia."

For full details of ExtraCare's Action Plan, please visit the Dementia Action Alliance site.

For further information, please contact:

Lucy Henson, PR officer
0789 105 3062
lucy.henson@extracare.org.uk