It’s time for a new chapter as Signpost’s Dementia Care Advice and Support Service (DCASS) came to an end in June 2018, following support from the Big Lottery Fund in different forms since 2012. The project was co-developed with practitioners in local dementia care, social care and older adults’ mental care services and was designed to provide holistic and tailored support to people diagnosed with dementia and their carers, particularly post-diagnosis and following discharge from clinical services.
An evaluation of DCASS’s work was carried out and the report shows that the service has had a real impact on people living with dementia and their carers. This work supported carers of people with dementia who were struggling with the long term implications of caring for someone with diagnosis of dementia. One of the main focuses of the work was around the financial implications of this change in the family’s circumstances. There are increasing numbers of people with young onset dementia who are struggling with multiple problems which are compounded by financial difficulties. Signpost worked in partnership with the Stockport’s Memory Assessment Clinic part of Pennine Care Mental Health Foundation which is invaluable to carers. This came to an end in June 2018 but contingency funding extended it to November 2018.
Signpost commissioned an independent evaluation report of the DCASS project which showed that all the outcomes of the project had been met and that there was an overwhelming positive response form carers who had accessed the service.
- Carers’ incomes were maximized, enabling them to have more choice in the type of care that can be provided for the person with dementia
- Carers using the service have increased levels of income and reduced financial disadvantage
- Carers using the service recorded a higher level of wellbeing, including feeling less socially excluded and engaging in more social activities
- Carers using the service benefit from increased access to specialist information and support information
Although the project has finished Signpost is still able to offer benefits support to carers but this is a reduced service. Find out more here: Benefits Support Service
You can read DCASS’s full evaluation report here: Download