Age UK Northamptonshire

Age UK aims to improve later life for everyone through our information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.

Updated:
9 January 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Health, Care, Retail, Membership Organisations, Voluntary Sector, Education Sector, Transport Sector, Charity, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Northamptonshire 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?

Local role - We deliver support services for carers of & people living with dementia including the initial assessment (received from Northampton County Council, NHS with the Service Advice Team, Carers Sitting Service, Befriending scheme, & dedicated Day Centre places. Supporting other organisations through networking with organisations such as Carer’s Partnership, Dementia Care Advisors, Link  

National role - Age UK has a vision of a world in which older people flourish improving later life for everyone through our information & advice, campaigns, products, training & research.  We know that ageing is a risk factor for developing dementia, but dementia is neither an inevitable nor a normal consequence of ageing.We will work to influence the development of policy and services, nationally and locally, supporting partners to develop service which will respond to the increased number of people living with dementia.  We will share good practice, & seek practical ways to make our services more accessible to people with dementia and carers.  We will offer training to those working in health & social care to improve their knowledge & skills in working with people with dementia, & continuing to support high quality research into dementia and cognitive decline. 

 

 

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

Challenges locally – have included:

a lack of understanding generally amongst staff and volunteers (the latter making up the largest part of our workforce), not wanting to be involved within the dementia services.a lack of suitable environments in which to provide people with a dementia care service (space, colour, lighting etc).a lack of awareness within commissioning bodies to allocated appropriate funding to meet the required specialised needs (training and increased staffing levels).

Challenges nationally – have included:

Supporting capacity development of local partners.Mainstreaming dementia into all our work - given the breadth of the work undertaken by Age UK.Routinely using our relationships/networks to influence others' practice.

The challenges include the lack of funding available that's dedicated to providing services for people living with dementia. Also the lack of joined up working so it limits duplication and therefore ensures continuity of support through service provision.

Member website

www.ageuknorthants.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Get involved with police & neighbourhood watch schemes

    Future local activities – as an organisation we are looking at options to be involved with the police and neighbourhood watch schemes.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We have recently commenced a project with Trading Standards around SCAMs where older people, especially with memory issues, have been identifed as being particularly vulnerable to, or have been subject of a SCAM. These people are visited in their homes and if necessary safeguarding procedures are implemented.

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  • Provide training programmes to staff & volunteers & making services accessible

    Current local activities - at present we provide specific training programmes to staff and volunteers focusing on dementia awareness and how to engage clients in therapeutic activities. We ensure our services are accessible to clients across Northamptonshire and have recently increased the number of day centre venues dedicated for clients with dementia (4 increased to 6), and the number of days these are available. All these day services have recently been issued with the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘This is me’ document to enhance our clients’ experience. We work jointly with a local Community Mental Health Occupational Therapist providing a variety of stimulating and creative opportunities.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    We have also recently entered into service level agreements with Northampton and Kettering General Hospitals to provide support to patients and their carers through their journey in Accident and Emergency and onto wards (signposting, stimulation, meal support).

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  • Increased tailored care

    We would like to look at increasing tailored care in more appropriate settings, increasing the delivery of the educational programme, raise the challenges of providing dedicated services within commissioning contract meetings and continue to support maximising awareness at all group contacts

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Due to the new Wellbeing contract negotiations, generic wellbeing plans have been designed for all clients including cleints living with dementia. these plans will ensure that keys areas are addressed in an attempt to enhance the service we provide. 

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  • Supporting local organisations

    National Activities include Supporting local Age UK’s and Age Concerns to influence the development of local approaches to services for people with dementia and carers, and to share good practice.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    As a member of the Northampton Nene Commissioning Dementia Strategy group we are attempting to ensure there is a voice for people living with dementia and their carers on local NHS groups.

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  • Publish examples of services offered

    Publish examples of services offered by local Age UK’s and Age Concerns which contribute to improving life for people living with dementia and carers.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    With the introduction of a number of publications on supporting people living with dementia we are enabling more people to gain relevant and up to date practical information by offer our services as a point of contact. As more and more people receive a formal diagnosis it is imperative that no matter where they access services its the 'no wrong door' approach.  

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  • Fund existing research

    Continue to fund existing research projects into dementia and cognitive decline and consider proposals for new research

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    As an organisation we apply for funding streams as and when appropriate and in line with our strategy to support, through service development and provision, people living with dementia.

    Most recently a grant was received to raise awareness within generic service staff of dementia and it was decided that a Dementia Friends session would be offered out to all staff resulting in 92 additioanl friends being created and an increase in understanding. 

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  • Partnership with external organisations

    Work in partnership with a range of external organisations to influence public sector research priorities, with an aim of securing greater priority and funding for research into ageing-related research, including dementia.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

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  • Offer dementia training for health & social carer workers

    Offer training to people working in health and social care to improve their understanding of dementia and of effective ways of supporting people with dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    A package has been devised in line with Social Care in Excellence modules to deliver bespoke packages for staff teams who require more indepth awareness around supporting people living with dementia. The modules cover topics such as types of dmentia, diagnosis, presentation and communication.

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