Once you have completed the application process and have become a Dementia Friendly Community, it can be difficult to keep the momentum going.
Here are some suggestions.
Create a strong task force of key people in the community
Develop connection with local government officials
Integrate sector training into existing structures, such as the HR process and new employee training
Develop champion within businesses who can oversee training for that area
Use the soon to be released Dementia Friendly Evaluation Guide to set new goals and give direction to task force
Collect some wins which can be shared – personal stories and data
Approach local businesses for sponsorships. Helps with community investment
Rotate who is the chair of the task force
Sign up for grants.gov to be aware of possible funding opportunities
Keep Your Community Updated on Dementia Friendly Efforts
Some communities have developed resource guides. These guides provide information for families living with dementia, people who live and work in in the community. Here are some examples of the guides developed by communities in Illinois.
Some communities use websites to share Dementia Friendly news and resources with the community. Here are some of the websites from Illinois to use as examples:
Join the Sustainability Sub-Committee
This sub-committee meets every other month and discusses ways to maintain Dementia Friendly efforts after achieving recognition. For information, email Susan Frick.