The long awaited third strategy is here. It quietly slipped into publication two weeks ago, with very little fuss.
If you are affected by dementia on a personal level, or work in services which are providers to people living with dementia, you should take a bit of time to read what Scotland will be prioritising over the next three years, and reflect on what that may mean for you or for the service you provide.
It was written to address three main identified challenges in the support of people living with dementia and their carers in Scotland:
1. Provision of timely, person-centred, flexible support for people with dementia and their carers across health, social care and community settings.
2. Building on the provision of post-diagnostic support offerings developed over the past two strategies.
3. Ensuring through redesign and transformation that care and support for people developing dementia later in life in conjunction with other conditions is flexible and responsive to individual needs.
The strategy lays out twenty-one commitments that will serve as the focus for meeting the above three challenges. Rather than listing them , I would encourage you to read them for yourself.