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For lots of people with dementia, particularly in rural areas, their car is the key to their independence. When their dementia progresses to the point where they can't drive anymore, it can limit their ability to engage with the world around them. They may no longer be able to do their own shopping, visit friends, go to hospital appointment, continue hobbies etc. It might also place a strain on their friends and family who step-in to give them lifts. Public and community transport can be limited and inefficient, and taxis can be expensive, so what can we do to help people get out and about without their car? 

edited on Oct 1, 2019 by Simon Lord

Holly Awcock 1 month ago

This is a massive problem for my family. My Nanna lives in a very rural area which isn't local to any of her three children. She has recently lost her freedom after a car accident meaning she is no longer fit to drive. She isn't comfortable using a mobile phone, so taxis are difficult for her to arrange (as well as being costly). Love the idea of there being a solution!

Ann Mcclatchie 3 weeks ago

I agree this is a massive problem for lots of people with Dementia . My Husband Has Cognitave Impairment and Invasive Prostate Cancer.
Now he just wants to stay at home and visit the Hospital etc.
We am very lucky to have my Son who does shopping for us.
We are also luck to have a new Co- op open near us but it is so expensive compared to Aldi etc.
What about a local shuttle Bus who could pick people up to go shopping with a door to door service .
But I guess this would be expensive to run .
But That would be a fantastic solution .


Margaret Booth 2 days ago

When I lived in Cardiff Tesco’s had their own shuttle buses but they did follow more or less the standard bus routes. They went into the Tesco car park and they had lots of room for shopping trolleys outside a bit like tour buses.

John Clark 3 weeks ago

An important issue, but what is the suggested innovation - I can't see one?

Jenny Wilson 3 weeks ago

Perhaps people who have recently retired could offer lifts to a family which has a member of their family with dementia. Tandridge council run a befriending service which is a brilliant scheme and volunteers, who are dbs checked, volunteer to visit someone at least once a week, and or take them out if desired.

IOTA 2 weeks ago

Yes something like the Royal Voluntary Service for those with dementia would be great. https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/

Tim Shakespeare 2 weeks ago

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Tim Shakespeare 2 weeks ago

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Derek Dodd 1 week ago

I spoke at an event yesterday and during the pre-event chat had exactly this conversation in relation to service provision in rural areas and how difficult it is to get to see people, if they need a face to face appointment and for those same people to access services when there are no reliable transport links or a bus that only runs once a week - if you are lucky!

Keith O 1 week ago

In the early and mid stages of dementia this is a crucial area either with the person trying to maintain their independence or interdependence with family, friends and the general community. It was an area I hoped that maybe a furtherance of the Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly communities could help with but not sure this has happened. As far as Dementia Voice activities and involving people with dementia the support of a family member or friend is crucial often in driving the person or accompanying them. I have seen some volunteering drivers through the local nhs but very scant.

Serena Snoad 6 days ago

This sounds like it could contribute to a much wider project around community transport for people who could be vulnerable or have medicial reasons not to drive. Considering local partnership working, accessibility of the solution, safeguarding and budget would be key. If delivered well, could lead to a positive impact.

Tim Shakespeare 1 day ago

This idea has been advanced to the current phase