Dementia Inspired Ltd.
Dementia Inspired Ltd is new company that looks to prove that people and those around them, can live well with dementia. Our core values are to reduce stigma, increase awareness and promote a more positive outlook living well with the condition.
- 21 September 2016
- South East
- Arts, Care, Communication, Health, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Swale Dementia Action Alliance, Medway Dementia Action Alliance
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?
Dementia Inspired is dedicated to providing an in-depth training programme for the public and those working with the condition in care settings, one-to-one and family based consultations to provide advice and signposting. We also hold events and develop projects in the community that aim to increase awareness and provide a platform for those living with dementia to reach their full potential. In the years leading up to the founding of the company, we have worked with many people, who despite living with dementia, have been a real inspiration to us and those around them; some of whom their stories we share with you today. It is these people that inspired us to create our company, to tell their stories in our training and events and who will help pave the way for society to change their views of dementia and help those with the condition to be recognized as people with a contribution to make.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We feel that our main challenges are to prove that awareness and stigma reduction is a priority for people with dementia in particular care settings and within a more social context (i.e. retail). We also feel that care homes in particular will be difficult to approach, as our core values which promote to 'Live Well with Dementia' are sometimes contradicted by the very role of these care settings. People that go on to live with dementia in care homes do so often when they are in the later stages of dementia, upon where care staff may find it increasingly difficult to accept that living 'well' is still possible.
Introducing Relevant Dementia Training to those outside the care sector
To create training programmes for use by people and organizations working in the retail sector. These programmes will be certfied courses and will aim at helping people to understand dementia and how to deal with customers that may be living with the condition. The training will be certified with certificates, posters and the shop sticker that proves that each shop is on its way to becoming dementia friendly. We are currently looking at launching this type of course at The Forum Shopping Centre and Asda store in Sittingbourne.
Work with others to build and maintain a dementia friendly forum in Sittingbourne
A regular community forum to be held in Sittingbourne every 2 months which brings together people from care sectors, carers and people with dementia to discuss the main priorities in how to turn Sittingbourne into a dementia friendly town. Possibly will lead into a free community event to promote awareness and dementia related businesses.
Dementia Friendly Community Workshops
These are workshops that aim to encourage people with dementia and their carers to particpate in a specific group activity that is meaningful to them in a social setting. This will help people to reingage with the community, make friends, create support for carers, learn new skills and re-discover old ones. For example - a festive bread making workshop is to be held in December and others to follow include Art Exhibitions, Live Music Events, Kent Wildlife Trust and other organizations.
2015 - Fourth Quarter Update
Working with Swale Arts Forum in Sittingbourne, Dementia Inspired has held its very first Dementia Inspired Art Show at Bourne Creatives in The Forum this November. It was very well recieved and, judging by the feedback recieved, has made a significant impact in raising the awareness of dementia in Swale.