Alina homecare provide care at home services, from 15-minute welfare checks up to full-time live-in care. This includes personal and domestic care - assisting clients with personal hygiene including washing, support with medication, help getting dressed and preparing meals. We also offer respite care, specialist care for dementia and stroke as well as palliative care. We can provide companionship to clients as they participate in social activities such as attending clubs and shopping trips. We passionately believe in providing top-quality, reassuring home care services which positively supports your mum through dementia, your dad after his op, your friend with her medication and anyone who may need support to live at home. It is the skill and compassion of our carers and support workers that makes this belief a reality. Alina homecare is here to make your life easier and we believe it is your home, your care, and your choice.
- 9 April 2021
- East of England
- Care, Domiciliary Care, Social Care
- Local Alliances:
- Colchester Dementia Action Alliance , Tendring 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?
Learning a loved one has dementia can be a worrying and stressful time. Family members are not trained or are often unable to support someone living with dementia. Others might not have a full understanding of what dementia is like to live with.We believe receiving dementia home care is a good way to keep continuity as other things change. Leaving the beloved home filled with years’ worth of memories can be unsettling at the best of times but can bring added concern to people with dementia. Remaining at home surrounded by treasured things helps retain a connection with a familiar place; home is where we feel comfortable, safe and belong.
Our Goal: We want to make life easier for the people we support with Dementia and their families. To do this we are ensuring all of our carers have Dementia training throughout the region. Our branch staff have at least one Dementia champion to support and actively raise aware of Dementia through information sessions, community sessions and meetings with family members to offer support and information. To ensure a person living with Dementia, who wants to stay in their own home can stay in their own home.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Living with Dementia is different for everyone and the person with Dementia may have needs that are rapidly changing and a decline in health. It is important that we ensure we continuously review the care needs and the care package. It can be difficult for carers and loved ones seeing such rapid changes to a person who is living with Dementia and ensuring that we support them to understand the disease and why these changes happen.
Engaging people in the community into subjects they don’t think are relevant to them now can be challenging. Anyone could meet someone with Dementia and how they speak to that person can change their mood quickly, causing stress and upset. Helping people in the community to know how to be Dementia friendly and why to respond in certain ways will continue to make life easier for people living with Dementia. Along with building a safer community.
A current challenge due to the pandemic, is awaiting the Dementia champion sessions to restart again safely. We want at least one member of the branch team to be a Dementia champion, so they are equipped with the knowledge and tools to carry out dementia friends sessions within the community.
Raising awareness of supportPeople living with Dementia can be at risk of going missing, we ensure that we get to know someone, their family and what is important to them. We work with the family to understand the Herbert protocol and implement this with anyone who may be at risk of going missing. People with Dementia do not intentionally go missing, they forget where they are, where they were going, they forget that their daughter moved from her old home so when they arrive there, they have forgotten who they are and where they live. This can be an extremely upsetting and stressful time for someone with Dementia. The Herbert protocol can be a fantastic tool for working with the police to quickly find the person and get them home safely. We can also work with the person to add additional forms of ID and something to raise awareness to the public that they have Dementia and may need help. Our Branch team will keep up to date with all daily living aids available to support those living with Dementia in their own home. We will then be able to share this information with the person and their family whilst we support them.
- Being implemented
Helping our community understand DementiaOnce the restrictions are lifted and the Dementia Champion sessions can go ahead safely, we shall have a trained Dementia champion in Branch. Who will ensure they are reaching out to those in the community to provide Dementia friends session. We believe that the more people understand Dementia, the easier it will be for people living with Dementia. We want to have a drop-in session for people to have a chat with our Dementia champion and provide support as far as we can with information and useful resources.
Connecting People with local resources
To do this we will work closely with Dementia Action Alliance to form an information sheet filled with contact details for local organisations who can offer support. It can be a stressful time for people, knowing where to turn or who to turn to for information. Having this information available for someone can help to relieve the stress and burden of hours of searching for information.
Being a member of Dementia Action Alliance, we will take the opportunities to attend member meetings and stay up to date with changes and gain more knowledge from others within the community with the same goal of supporting those living with Dementia and raising awareness.