Topic 3: What practitioners and providers can do

This topic gives a brief overview of the messages for people working with people with dementia.

You can start by watching the video of Karen talking about the importance of professional input (2 minutes).

Question: How do you and your organisation currently support people living alone with dementia and without family and friends nearby?

The research produced a Guide for people who work with people with dementia. This includes key principles about how to offer good support to people living alone with dementia and without family and friends nearby. There is information for each principle about why it matters and what’s needed. The guide then has an approach, based on NICE guidance, to help you think through how to support people, followed by examples of how this is being done.

Watch the video of Gerry, the implementation advisor, talking about the guide (5 minutes).

You can also download the presentation with notes here.

Read the Guide (20 minutes)

Question: How can you use this guide?

If you are a practitioner, you can watch the video of Michael talking about how a social care practitioner supports him by acting as back-up if something goes wrong (2 minutes).

Question: How can you ensure that people living alone with dementia are known and have some kind of back-up system?

If you are a provider, you can watch the video of Zoe talking about how providers can get to know people living alone in their area and provide services to them (2 minutes).

Question: How can your service develop connections with people living alone with dementia and without informal support?

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