Kirklees Council

Kirklees Council, serving Batley, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Holmfirth and other localities in West Yorkshire, England.

Updated:
19 October 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Communication, Finance, Pharmaceutical, Utility, Hospitality, Retail, Health, Care, Recreation, Local Authorities, Research Sector, Transport Sector
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance

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?

Our vision is for all people with dementia and their carers to be able to continue to 'live life to the full' as described in the Vision for Older People in Kirklees (2008). To do this we will create an environment where people feel empowered to seek help early, know where to go for help and what services to expect, have access to the care and support that they would benefit from, and are confident that this care is of high quality, where the public and professionals are well informed and where fear and stigma associated with dementia has decreased.

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

Early diagnosis of, and intervention for, dementia are the keys to delaying admission to long term care and to helping people remain independent for longer. Making the diagnosis early means that there is the chance to prevent and plan for future problems and for people to benefit from positive interventions.

Promoting healthy ageing, for example keeping people active and tackling social isolation, is important in delaying the onset and progression of dementia.

Ability to meet increasing demand for the right services at the right time for people with dementia and their families throughout the dementia journey will continue to be a challenge which will require innovative practice and partnership working.

Involving people with dementia and their families in influencing personal choice and design of services and maintaining an active involvement in their community will also provide a challenge.

2. Actions

  • We will provide information

    We will provide information about: the risk factors associated with dementia and the degree to which some dementias can be prevented;

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Provide information about the symptoms of Dementia

    We will provide information about the symptoms of Dementia and how to seek help and advice

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Provide information about low level support

    We will provide information about low level support, at an earlier stage, to ensure people are able to plan and take greater control over their own lives

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Reduce premature admissions to care homes

    We will aim to reduce premature admissions to care homes

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Commission services which support people

    We will aim to commission services which support people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Aim to increase the range of accommodation choices

    We will aim to increase the range of accommodation choices, including extra care and influence the design of residential and nursing care environments

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

  • 4 year strategy

    We have developed a 4 year strategy to make these improvements which has a detailed implementation plan

    Status:

    Update – First Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Second Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)

     

    Update – Third Quarter

    In progress (not included in quarterly report of DAA)