The ExtraCare Charitable Trust

The ExtraCare Charitable Trust enables older people to enjoy a healthier, active and more independent lifestyle in a network of inspirational communities that represent a modern alternative to the traditional care home. The Charity operates 13 retirement villages and 17 smaller housing developments across the Midlands and the North. Each ExtraCare resident can expect a safe, secure future, renting or buying a spacious and affordable home with award-winning care and a wide range of social opportunities to enjoy.

Updated:
14 June 2017
Location:
National
Sectors:
Health, Care, Housing Sector, Charity, Domiciliary Care, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Between 2007 and 2009 The ExtraCare Charitable Trust and the University of Bradford completed a cluster randomised controlled trial of a new approach to living with dementia and other mental health issues in ExtraCare. This research resulted in the development of our Enriched Opportunities Programme (EOP) and the development of a new staff role, the Locksmith. An ExtraCare Locksmith unlocks a person's full potential and unpicks issues surrounding their individual experience of dementia to find interventions that enable the person to live an independent and active lifestyle for as long as possible. The outcomes of the EOP support the National Dementia Declaration by being a participative service where resident’s personal preferences are held in the highest regard. By understanding our resident’s individual experience of dementia we can personalise our services and reduce the barriers to living well with dementia. Through the EOP, ExtraCare works with residents, staff, families, and external organisations to demonstrate ways of improving the lives of people who experience dementia. This is achieved through training and developing our own staff and promoting the approach of the EOP externally at national events and by supporting local alliances.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

ExtraCare and the EOP face various challenges in maintaining and improving the service we provide for people who experience dementia. Currently the programme is funded by ExtraCare’s charity shops with additional funds raised by our Fundraising team for specific EOP projects. Although this approach currently supports the work of the programme and its successes further funding is required to evolve the programme through community based projects that reach more people who would benefit form the EOP. A continuing challenge is to improve understanding of dementia and play our part in reducing the stigma attached to the condition. This requires improvement to our current training and development programme for all staff and volunteers so that everyone has a beyond basic understanding of the condition and their role in improving the lives of people with dementia.

Member website

www.extracare.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Dementia Strategy Action - Develop Wellbeing App

    To work with our Wellbeing service and care teams to encourage a healthy lifestyle and awareness of dementia and the preventable factors.

    Identifying and managing long term conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, and frailty are key in preventing the onset of dementia. A healthy diet, regular physical exercise, managing conditions such as diabetes type two and high blood pressure and avoiding smoking and excessive drinking can reduce risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Our approuch is to support residents to make long term changes to behaviours which impair thier health and increase the risk of developing dementia related conditions. We will acheive this through our Wellbeing Programme, as all residents are offered a comprehensive health check by our team of Wellbeing Advisors.

    This action relates to the Prevention & Health Promotion section of ExtraCare's Dementia Strategy 2017 - 2020

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Action

  • Dementia Strategy Action - Maintain a balanced community

    Significant variation has been found in the percentages of residents living with dementia across locations. At present there is no regular data being produced which specifically displays the dementia prevalence in our communities. This creates a risk that communities may become less active and independant over time. .

    Mantain a Balanced Community as shown through dementia prevalence monitoring in quarterly reports enabeling comparisions between the number of residents living with Dementia in ExtraCare and local and national demographics.

    Improved assessment process for potential residents with cognitive impairments.

    This action relates to the Living Well with Dementia section of ExtraCare's Dementia Strategy 2017 - 2020

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Action

  • Dementia Strategy - To assess and improve our built environments for residents living with dementia

    Best practice for designing dementia friendly environments has been increasing with some general principles being incorporated into ExtraCare retirement communities.

    We will produce a design standard to be used for new villages and refurbishments of exsisting villages. The design standard is to address good design for older people generally, many of the principles of whihc address dementia friendly design.

    This action relates to the Living Well with Dementia section of ExtraCare's Dementia Strategy 2017 - 2020

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Action

  • Dementia Strategy - Launch the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friends initiative across all ExtraCare communities

    The Dementia Friends initiative was launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer's Society, it is the biggest ever initiative to change the perception of dementia. Dementia Friends is about learning about dementia and the small ways individuals can help to reduce the stigma of the condition and contribute towards dementia friendly communities.

    Trained resident volunteers will deliver Dementia Friends sessions at each ExtraCare scheme and village and sign up approximitly 15% of the resident population to the Dementia Friends initative.

    This action relates to the Living Well with Dementia section of ExtraCare's Dementia Strategy 2017 - 2020

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Action