Alzheimer's Society Lincolnshire

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity. We provide services, fund research and advise health and social care professionals. Working nationally and locally, we campaign for improved care and greater awareness and understanding of dementia.

Updated:
29 November 2016
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Lincoln Dementia Action Alliance, South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance , Boston Dementia Action Alliance , Skegness Area Dementia Action Alliance, South West Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, West Lindsey Dementia Action Alliance, East Lindsey Dementia Action Alliance, Lincolnshire Network, North Hykeham

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support, care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support for those with any form of dementia and their carers. We advise and train professionals working in the field, fund research, run quality support and care services, and campaign for improved health and social care and greater public understanding of dementia.

We work in partnership with others to ensure that support is always there for people with dementia and that people receive a timely diagnosis, that the condition is understood and that people with dementia have the same rights as other members of society. We will achieve this through funding scientific breakthroughs, strengthening communities by increasing understanding of the needs of people with dementia and the contribution of carers and striving to put an end to discrimination and stigma.

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

Dementia is higher on the public and political agenda than it has ever been. We have seen action across England to begin implementing the National Dementia Strategy. The task at hand now is to use that strong position and build on the momentum achieved by creating a broad church of individuals and organisations committed to action.

Public awareness of dementia is rising but understanding about dementia is poor. There is limited public appreciation that it is possible to live well with dementia and to make big differences to quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. Poor understanding is something common among the general public as well as people working in health and social care services.

People with dementia are diagnosed too late and families often report not receiving the information and support they need to begin living well with dementia. People with dementia often face social isolation and poor outcomes.

There is a limited amount of funding going into dementia research compared to other major disease groups like cancer.

In a difficult economic climate we need to clearly make the case for action on dementia to achieve better outcomes in a cost effective way.

Most importantly we need to work with people with dementia, their carers and families to understand what matters most to them in order to transform quality of life for all people living with dementia.

2. Actions

  • Champion Public Understanding of Dementia

    All Dementia Family support workers to train to become Dementia Friends Champions with a view to offering Dementia Friends Sessions  as part of their role.

    Status:
    Completed

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    All exhisting support staff have completed the Dementia friends Champions Training and are now ready to offer Dementia Friends Sessions as part of their role.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Develop Quality Information and Support Services

    Alzheimer's Society offers a Lincolnshire wide Family Support Service. We offer support and information to the person with Dementia and to their carers, family and friends. We also offer support and information to professionals. There is support via the telephone and /or face to face by trained support staff. It is a service that will sign post to other service providers as well as to local services run by Alzheimer's Society as appropriate to the client. We can offer a brief benefits check and refer on if needed.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Dementia Family Support Service is receiving increased referrals due to improved publicity of their service. Throughout Lincolnshire the support staff  respond to requests within three days.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce

    All Staff to offer Dementia Friends Sessions to Care workers and to promote the Alzheimer's Society comprehensive bespoke training courses to Organisations and businesses.
    Status:
    Being implemented

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Develop More and Better Services for People with Dementia

    Alzheimer's Society are continually looking for new opportunities to develop new and improved services.

    At the present time, the Family Support Service is being developed within several Hospitals within Lincolnshire. This includes Grantham, Stamford, Peterborough, Lincoln and Boston. Alzheimer's society staff will support people in hospital and on discharge in the community. This service is also being rolled out into Lincoln Prison, supporting staff and prisoners.

    The side by side service is relatively new and is expanding, this service matches volunteers to service users with Dementia to support them to continue with the activities they would like to do.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Support workers are now in place in Boston, Grantham, and Lincoln.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Campaign for Fairer Deals

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Increase Money Spend on Dementia Research

    Alzheimer's Society has partnered with the Institute of Health Research to encourage people to register an interest in being involved with research into all aspects of dementia.

    We will promote this research, taking information to any events and meetings we attend and encourage people to register to take part in research activities.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Develop 150 Local Community Dementia Forums

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Develop Evidence about Cost Effective Interventions

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Publish works about Dementia Supportive Communities

    We will be involved by attending meetings of the Dementia Action Alliances at local levels as well as at a County level. We will support DAA,s by promoting them as widely as possible during our day to day engagement with people. We will support DAA's during Dementia Awareness week and in the planning of activities for DAW.

    We will publicise and report to DAA's, progress with Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly Communities and organisations that we are involved with.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress

  • Annual Report on Progress

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In progress