Age UK Cheshire East
At Age UK Cheshire East, we understand that maintaining health and wellbeing, knowing what’s available and having practical support are the key ingredients to a fulfilled and enjoyable life for people aged over 50.
- 13 June 2019
- North West
- Voluntary Sector, Charity
- Local Alliances:
- Cheshire East 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?
Age UK Cheshire East operates 20 different services addressing practical needs and promoting the wellbeing of people over 50. We touch the lives of over 1,500 people each week. From free expert information and advice, physical activities and creative pursuits, through IT learning to home helps and day care sessions for those with dementia, our mission is to make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for all older people, their families and carers across Cheshire East.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Increasing awareness and understanding of dementia amongst Age UK Cheshire East Workforce. Ensuring all our services are accessible and person centred to people with dementia and their carers Raising awareness of how our services relate to people with dementia to other professionals and the public
Improve the skills of Age UK Cheshire East Workforce regarding Dementia awarenessWe will review the current knowledge and understanding of Dementia within the workforce of Age UK Cheshire East and ensure staff and volunteers attend Dementia Friends sessions
Identify opportunities to ensure services are Dementia Friendly
Our Dementia Day Care suite was designed in line with the Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklist.
Our frontline service delivery staff are all Dementia Friends
We also provide counselling for carers of service users to ensure they are also supported as part of the service.
Continue to work in partnership with key agencies who support Dementia awareness
We will seek opportunities to work in partnership with agencies who are as committed to delivery Dementia Friendly services.
We have linked with organisations, GP surgeries and local businesses in this action. We currently offer a Business Supported scheme where we also offer to run Dementia Friends sessions to their staff and clients.