Changes to come in Sheffield dementia care

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A HUGE shake-up in the care of elderly patients in Sheffield is to be carried out over the coming months - and council bosses have invited people to have their say.

City leaders are considering closing dementia care resource centres Norbury in Norwood, Bolehill View in Crookes, and Hurlfield View in Gleadless Common.

The plans are part of a wider change of strategy for older people, to get them out of care and treated in their own homes.

Coun Mary Lea, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for health, said: “We know people do better when they stay in the familiar surroundings of their own homes, supported by the council and other organisations.

“Nowadays people get their own budget to buy the support that suits them and their families - and many do not choose traditional care.

“With this in mind, and the government cuts to funding, I want everyone involved in dementia care to have a say in how we plan for the future.

“We need to adapt our services to create efficiency and enable us to meet changing needs.

“Our vision is that people with dementia can be supported to live an active, independent, fulfilled life at home for longer. This is possible by providing early access to diagnosis and treatment, timely information and support, and integrated, flexible care.”

People who have experience of the Sheffield care system are asked to contribute to the consultation, by emailling PracticeDevelop@sheffield.gov.uk or calling Howard Waddicor on 0114 205 7130.

Go to www.sheffield.gov.uk/dementia for more information.