Living With Dementia

Living With Dementia is aimed at providing support to those caring for or living with dementia. LWD runs events in aid of directly helping those living with the disease. We also organise events to raise funds for research and days out for those in residential homes.

Updated:
13 January 2017
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Other
Local Alliances:
Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, Solihull Dementia Action Alliance, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance, Birmingham Dementia Action Alliance , Redditch and Bromsgrove Dementia Action Alliance, Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance, South Staffordshire Dementia Action Alliance, Dudley Dementia Action Alliance, Worcestershire Dementia Action Alliance, Kidderminster Dementia Action Alliance, Tamworth 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?

Living With Dementia's organisation is designed to provide a safe haven for those caring for or living with the disease through a social media platform as so those affected receive help and guidance after the diagnosis.

As well as raising awareness we are responsible for arranging events that directly improve the lives of those living with dementia. Events organised can be from raising funds through the community for ARUK or most recently 'The Gift Of Christmas' where the local public are donating presents to be opened on the day by residents of care homes within the local area.

LWD are also arranging events for February and July 2017. In February we are arranging a 1940's ball in aid of monetary donations to be able to secure the event in July. 

In July we are holding an event where residents of dementia driven care homes in the West Midlands can attend. We have secured an air field that will allow us to set up an array of stands and amusements aimed at those Living With Dementia.

LWD has an aim for next year - we are looking at putting 'Helpful visits' in place where vetted and DBS checked representatives of LWD can be called to home visits to give respite to carers within the West Midlands. Our long aim would for this to be mimicked throughout the UK.

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

The main challenges faced would actually be our organisations members knowledge of dementia in more of the care side. I believe after training this challenge would no longer be present.

Another challenge is the promotion of events within the local community.

2. Actions

  • Training for organisation members/staff

    We will seek external (dementia training centre) training for our staff to make sure they are up to date with current dementia care practices and procedures.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Distributing gifts to residents in care homes at Christmas

    Our organisation has a project to deliver gifts to care homes to be opened on christmas day. We have successfully promoted this on a vary of media and social media platforms.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • 'Helpful visit' - Organisation representative home vistis

    Next year we aim to be able to provide a call out service to aid carers living at home and looking after a loved one living with dementia respite and advice.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member