Dementia Friendly GP Practices

Dementia-friendly GP practices 'fun, easy and a model for other conditions'. Dyneley House surgery in Skipton has implemented various changes in an effort to identify itself as a community resource.

Hazel Foster, a 73 year old former mobile librarian, was diagnosed with dementia a year ago. Her biggest worry is getting lost, even in a place she's familiar with. 

"It's important to me to have that safe feeling of recognising a place" she says, before adding that she experiences this at her local GP practice. 

At the beginning of 2015 Dyneley House Surgery in Skipton, North Yorkshire, invested in changes to their premises geared to creating a much better space for patients with dementia. 

Working with third sector organisations - Pioneer Projects, Making Space and Horton Housing included - the practice is delivering art classes, country walks and vegetable growing in the practices’ small garden along with many other activities. 

Not one of these changes is rocket science nor did they cost a fortune, and given that two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community, Dyneley House could be a signpost for dementia-friendly primary care in Britain. 

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