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Age UK Mid Mersey

Age UK Mid Mersey exists to promote the wellbeing of all older people and to make later life an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. We aim to maximise healthy life expectancy and promote health and independence for all older people. Later life can present a whole range of different decisions, options and challenges, and we have helped many older people to feel safe and secure, to mix with others through a variety of activities, and to feel supported, often through difficult times in their lives, whilst helping celebrate older age. Age UK Mid Mersey does this by reducing loneliness and isolation; providing a range of social, health and wellbeing activities; offering practical support in the home; providing information and advice and by maximising income. These services are offered from our offices based in St Helens, Halton and Knowsley.

Updated:
19 February 2020
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Health, Other, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Halton 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 Mid Mersey’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers is to provide people with dementia and their carers with information to make choices about the services they receive, by providing information and advice in a relevant manner at the right time. To create an environment for people with dementia and their carers to share their opinions and provide feedback on local services. To work with local organisations to promote the health and wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers. To continue to work in a socially inclusive manner, promoting dignity and respect for older people and people with dementia and their carers.

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

A main challenge to delivering this outcome is funding. As a third sector organisation we rely heavily on funding and donations to continue our work to support older people, including people with dementia and their carers. Furthermore, Halton provides unique geographical challenges in comparison to other localities in that Widnes and Runcorn are divided by the river Mersey. In response to these challenges Age UK Mid Mersey will continue to promote inclusion, dignity and respect of older people and people with dementia and their carers. We will continue to listen, campaign and provide a voice for older people in response social issues. We will continue to provide high quality, person centred services. By promoting our work and services to enhance future funding opportunities. In response to the geographical challenges presented in Halton, Age UK Mid Mersey have a main office in Runcorn, but also a second venue inside Widnes Market. Furthermore, we have a number of activity groups that are situated in accessible locations across the local community.

2. Actions

  • New Name Badges

    All staff members to have dementia friendly name badges.
    Status:
    Completed
  • Staff Training

    All staff members will refresh their knowledge of dementia by completing the online dementia friends training.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Raising Awareness

    To consult with Our Older People’s Expert Panel, on Dementia and the Dementia Friends Initiative.

    Status:
    Implementation