Residents urged to help shape Council's dementia and falls strategies

5 September 2016

West Cheshire residents are being asked to help shape the Council's strategies for identifying and delivering effective dementia and falls services in the future.

The Council would like to hear from anyone who has first-hand experience of dementia or falls, either as patient, carer or family member, before the borough-wide strategies are set for the next four years.

A number of pre-consultation events are being organised, looking to reach as many residents as possible and capture their hopes and aspirations for the future.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins, said: "The experiences of every person with dementia or those who have suffered a fall can be very different from each other. The same can be said of the family members, professional carers and loved ones who support them.

"We are hoping to hear from as many people as possible with direct experience of coping with dementia and falls, either as a patient, close family member or carer to identify what works, highlight where things could be done better, and identify where further support and focus is needed.

"If you have a story to share and would like to help shape how services aim to be delivered in the future I would urge you to attend one of our pre-consultation events.

"For those who would like to contribute but cannot attend an event don't worry, there will be another opportunity for you to share your views as part of the full 12-week consultation which will follow later this year." The Council's vision is to create a dementia strategy that covers all stages of the illness including prevention, diagnosis, living well, support and dying well and a falls prevention strategy that outlines a system wide approach to falls prevention.

To ensure that the strategies are reflective of the needs and aspirations of residents there are a number of pre-consultation events taking place at locations across the borough:
  • Thursday 15 September - 6pm to 8pm, Cheshire County Sports Club, Plas Newton Lane, Chester, CH2 1PR
  • Friday 16 September - 10am to 12noon, Winsford Lifestyle Centre, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AD
  • Thursday 22 September - 5:30pm to 7.30pm - Cheshire West and Chester Council, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AU
If you would like to book on to any of the above events, please email or call 01244 977020.

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