Find

Find is an independent operation whose forte is to innovate, determine and develop physical aids which enable a person with dementia to maintain their activity levels, independence, dignity and thus, their quality and length of life through reinforced connections with the physical environment

Updated:
10 February 2016
Location:
National
Sectors:
Care, Health, Communication, Retail
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees 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?

Find is an independent operation whose forte is to innovate, determine and develop physical aids which enable a person with dementia to maintain their activity levels, independence, dignity and thus, their quality and length of life through reinforced connections with the physical environment.

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

Being a commercially independent organisation often creates barriers to progress through unhelpful and false assumptions that we are only interested in profit. Furthermore, innovations take time to develop and prove and having a more supportive and collaborative attitude from influential bodies will help to break down barriers, speed up development of products and deliver them sooner to people who need them. Paradoxically, the economic climate could be both a hinderence and a help as everyone is short on funds but our solutions invariably lead to significant cost savings. 

Finally, I think there is an imbalance in the emphasis placed on research and the lack of support for delivering the fruits of that research to the people we seek to serve.

Member website

http://findsignage.co.uk/

2. Actions

  • Manufacture and promote our innovations

    Find will continue to manufacture and promote our innovations of the last 5 years and to prove and improve the importance of simple, well designed physical solutions to creating an enabling environment.

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Pursue additional, unique product developments

    We will pursue additional, unique product developments which turn theories into their physical manifestations and make them widely and readily available. 

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress. 

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Continue to develop relationships

    We will continue to develop relationships which enable us to combine our technical aptitude with experts’ knowledge, research and feedback to ensure our solutions are as effective as they can possibly be. 

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Continue to sponsor awards

    We expect Find to continue to sponsor awards which promote and reward individuals commitment and endeavour in the field of dementia care. 

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Bringing to market brand new products

    We will focus on bringing to market brand new products which support nutrition, new lighting technology which enhances the care-environment in a variety ways and develop the use of images for reminiscence and way-finding. 

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Developing collaboration strategies

    We are developing collaboration strategies with charities to play our part in supporting them to deliver their benefits. 

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Following on from the successes

    Following on from the successes we have had in the care home setting, we are developing further products to be appropriate for the domiciliary setting such that the benefits can be applied at the earliest opportunity. 

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Support more trainers

    We will support more 'trainers' to share knowledge about how physical adaptations of the built environment can deliver benefits on so many fronts to all stakeholders. 

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Find is a key partner

    Find is a key partner in developing the Butterfly Scheme which enables people with dementia (suspected or diagnosed) to be discretely identified as having specific needs when they are going into hospital.

    Status:

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In progress.

  • Helping people at home

    Most people are well drilled in the statistics of dementia, particularly that two thirds of people living with dementia are living in their own homes. Find's design principles are relevant to people wherever they are but our products have initially been designed for care home and hospital settings. Therefore we are working on existing and new products to bring the benefits of our designs to people in their own homes in an appropriate way.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    In this quarter Find has made a great deal of progress at home and abroad in bringing products together to make a cohesive strategy for living spaces. This means that we no longer consider designing a product in isolation, but we also look at how it will effect an environment as a whole. Taking this wider viewpoint is involving us in addressing the needs of people in their own homes (whereas we had previously concentrated on care homes and hospitals) and in the community too and with lots of products and activities planned throughout the year we will be able to share the benefits of a better designed environment with more people than ever before.