Age UK Isle of Wight
Age UK IOW is a regional organisation trying to improve the everyday lives of older people. We help them stay in their own homes longer, reducing loneliness by providing company and opportunities to be active in the community.
- 13 November 2014
- South East
- Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Isle of Wight 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?
Age UK IOW offers a number of services, some of which are appropriate for people with dementia, these include: Good Neighbour Scheme, Just About You, Nail Cutting, Memory Groups, Falls Prevention, Information and Advice, Handyman Service.
Age UK IOW currently runs nine memory groups across the Island on a weekly basis. We are also working towards creating dementia friendly communities. We are working with Ryde as our pilot town. As such Ryde will become an exemplar town for others to follow. This will include Awareness Training for businesses and organisations, specific projects including Circles of Support to ensure people with dementia can lead a fulfilled life, a safe journey card (or something similar), creating a few safe havens across the town of Ryde, Working with school children, introducing them to the issues of dementia and disseminating information leaflets to businesses and organisations.
To carry out this project we have set up a steering group of key organisations and businesses not just representatives of Ryde, but organisations who have impact across the Island.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Increasing awareness and understanding of dementia amongst the members of community.
- Ensuring we have the staff, time and resources (including funding) to carry out this crucial work
- Ensuring that all our service are person centred and accessible to people with dementia
- Encouraging other businesses and organisations not currently represented on the steering group to participate in the project
Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce
We will improve the skills of the dementia care workforce by developing and delivering high quality education programmes to staff across a range of dementia care settings and through the use of our approved trainer scheme.
We have eight memory groups which meet weekly across the Island. They were set up to engage people with early stage dementia, to enable them to participate in activities and socialise with others, reducing loneliness and isolation and maintaining independence.
Co-ordination of creating a Dementia Friendly Island
We have set up a steering group of key people who will work together to create a dementia friendly Island. This group includes: a person with dementia, a carer, Councillors, representatives from Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Police, a GP who is the clinical lead for frail older people, a representative of Neighbourhood Watch, Alzheimer’s Society, Southern Vectis, Ryde Library and is chaired by Health and Wellbeing Officer – Age UK Isle of Wight.
Helping to dispel the stigma associated with a diagnosis of dementia
The group are co-ordinating a number of projects which will aim to dispel stigma of dementia, some of these projects are as follow:
- Dementia Awareness Training – piloting sessions with Ryde Library, Southern Vectis and the Fire and Rescue Service
- Dementia Awareness Training – piloting a short session with school children
- Aiming to develop a ‘Safe Journey Card’ for individuals to carry when they are travelling on busses