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PAS 1365:2015 Code of practice for the recognition of dementia-friendly communities in England
Around 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK, a number that is expected to grow to a million by 2025. We need to create dementia-friendly communities, to enable people to live as independently as possible, reducing stigma and social isolation.
PAS 1365 gives recommendations for how to develop a dementia-friendly community. It's aimed at participants in a stakeholder engagement process, who may include representatives from the community, businesses, local and regional governments and the voluntary sector. It was created as a publicly available specification in order to reach the market as rapidly as possible.
The PAS covers:
- Who should be involved
- How to engage stakeholders in setting priorities
- Areas for action with the community
Without setting a prescriptive checklist of what to do, each stakeholder group is encouraged to determine their own aims, considering the needs of people with dementia.
PAS 1365 will be valuable for anyone who might be involved in this process, including local dementia action alliances, community groups and organisations, health and social care organisations, businesses, commissioners and local authorities.
Why was PAS 1365 developed?
Alzheimer’s Society has been assigned by government to take the lead in driving the concept of dementia-friendly communities forward.
Alzheimer’s Society has introduced a recognition process for communities to support those that are working towards becoming dementia-friendly, which sets out seven criteria for communities to follow.
Stakeholders across the dementia sector are keen to ensure that communities and organizations treat this recognition process as a continuous improvement pathway for lasting change and on-going sustainability to embed dementia friendliness into society.