Warwickshire Libraries is proud to have been a member of the Dementia Action Alliance since 2013. Libraries are available for all in the community to use and we are keen to make sure that we are as welcoming and user friendly as possible for all.
Our action plan as part of Dementia Action Alliance has focused on training our frontline staff to be dementia aware and to encourage our staff to become Dementia Friends. We have, up to now provided Dementia Friends sessions at a number of our regular training sessions and have also encouraged staff to sign up via the very convenient online method. We have also begun to look at dementia friendly environments in our libraries, what to be aware of and change if possible when undertaking any refurbishments or building work.
In 2015 The Reading Agency, a national reading charity, launched the Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia collection. A collection of 24 books which provide help and support for people with dementia, carers of people with dementia and anyone who would like to find out more about the condition or is worried about symptoms. With the help of Public Health Warwickshire we have been able to make these collections available in all of our council run libraries across Warwickshire, something we are very proud of.
Each collection contains 24 titles over four subject areas, information and advice, living well with dementia, support for relatives and carers and personal stories. Books are an excellent tool to help support the health and wellbeing of everyone, no matter who you are. There are so many titles out there on a wide variety of subjects that it can be difficult to know where to start sometimes. Titles in all Books on Prescription collections are not meant to be exclusive but rather a verified starting place where you can be sure of books that have been reviewed and recommended by professionals. Titles in the collection were recommended by Health professionals and were tried and tested by people with experience of dementia. Selection was made using the quality standards for dementia care from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and other professional organisations.
Books within the collection can be recommended to you by your GP or health professional but can also be browsed and loaned at any of our Warwickshire Libraries. Just ask a member of staff or ask online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/libraries
One collection of books that is listed on the national collection and which we also stock in our larger libraries (Atherstone, Bedworth, Kenilworth, Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford and Warwick) is Pictures to Share. A wonderful set of picture book style books aimed at those with dementia. Twelve titles are available and are well worth a look. If you run a care home or day centre do please contact us as lending sets of all twelve titles are available on a long term loan for your setting.
For further information about the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia or any of our other Books on Prescription collections please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/booksonprescription. Warwickshire Books on prescription is also available for adults with mild to moderate mental health conditions and two collections, one aimed at young people and one at families and carers with young children have also been produced.
If you’re not already a member, joining the library is free and easy. Just pop into your local library with one form of ID and a member of staff will join you up. Alternatively you can join online here www.warwickshire.gov.uk/jointhelibrary. Library staff are there to help so if you need any assistance or have any questions just fire away!