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Alzheimer's Society - Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support, care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support for those with any form of dementia and their carers. We advise and train professionals working in the field, fund research, run quality support and care services, and campaign for improved health and social care and greater public understanding of dementia.

1 February 2019
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Voluntary Sector, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Charity, Local DAA Members, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Scarborough 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?

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?

We work in partnership with others to ensure that support is always there for people with dementia.  We promote the benefits of people receiving a timely diagnosis, that the condition is understood and that people with dementia have the same rights as other members of society.

We will achieve this through funding scientific breakthroughs, strengthening communities by increasing understanding of the needs of people with dementia and the contribution of carers and striving to put an end to discrimination and stigma.

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

With dementia higher on the public and political agenda than ever the task now is to create a broad church of individuals and organisations committed to action.

Public awareness of dementia is rising but understanding remains poor, e.g. that it is possible to live well with dementia and to make big differences to quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

People with dementia are often diagnosed too late and do not get the information and support they need to begin living well with dementia - resulting in social isolation and exclusion.

Funding for dementia research is limited compared to other major disease groups and in a difficult economic climate we need to make a compelling case for action.

Most importantly we need to work with people with dementia, their carers and families to understand what matters most to them in order to transform their quality of life.

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

Reducing the stigma, which is still a barrier, is our key focus, as is raising awareness of dementia and its impact to those affected. 

2. Actions

  • Champion Public Awareness of Dementia

    We will work with local partners to develop and promote dementia awareness and encourage organisations, partners, businesses and individuals to become Dementia Friends and Champions.

    Feb 14:  Planning to hold an information / awareness raising session for local contacts, businesses and leaders to raise profile of DFC with a view to signing up for DAA in Scarborough and surrounding areas in the next 3 months.

    June 14:  Continuing to promote the concept of DFC through awareness raising activities and events across Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. 

    Oct 14:  Gained funding to work in Scarborough Hospital with the introduction of a Dementia Support Worker running a Liaison Service to address length of in stay, education of staff in the hospital on becoming more dementia friendly, promotion and awareness via care homes, GP’s and other voluntary organisations to offer short and longer term support, signposting to reduce re-admittance to hospital.

    August 15:  Active member of Scarborough Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group.  All staff are Dementia Champions and are actively promoting awareness through many sessions delivered to a wide range of individuals and organisations.  Dementia Awareness Week is the highlight of our year with regard to promotion of dementia awareness and we engaged with many GP Practices, local hospital, stand in Brunswick Shopping Centre as well promotion to the wider public of our services and support.

    Jan 16:  We are now active members of DAA's in Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby.  We are also members of Dementia Delivery Group at Scarborough Hospital.  We will provide expert advice to other organisations and continue to promote dementia awareness at every opportunity.

    April 17:  We are actively supporting and promoting Dementia Awareness Week including creating a special edition DAW newsletter.  We are working with local schools to deliver Dementia Friends and remain active partners in Whitby and Scarboroguh DAA.

    Promotion and support of the Fix Dementia Care Campaigns to address issues around hospital care, social care funding and training for home care staff.
  • Develop and Promote Quality Information and Advice Services

    We will continue to develop and promote quality information and support services for people with dementia, their carers and families through local information, support services, website and helplines.

    Oct 14:           

    Implementation of new information and support service via Scarborough Hospital which will incorporate signposting on leaving hospital, awareness and information to hospital staff to become more dementia friendly.   Education of care homes to review hospital stays and alternative interventions.

    August 15:

    Active membership of Scarborough DAA Steering Group which will further enable our organsiation to promote and distribute quality information to a wide audience.  Further development of Hospital Liaison Service to meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers.  Secured funding to deliver workshops to promote reminiscence.  Side by Side project funding, new pilot scheme run by Alzheimer's Society to support people with dementia to continue to do things they enjoy with the support of trained volunteers.

    Jan 16:   Continued membership of Scarborough DAA.  Membership of Ryedale and Whitby DAA's.  To continue to support the needs of people affected by dementia by offering support through a range of services.  Aiming to continue to promote the use of reminiscence as a tool for discussion and communication. 

    Jan 18:  Working with local GP's across SWR to support patients with dementia and carers of those with dementia.

    Jan 19:  Continuing to work with local GP's and the wider community to raise awareness and promote services.

  • Actively Promote Membership and Benefits of DAA

    We will continue to promote the benefits and development of DAA through publicity, articles in our newsletters, attendance at meetings and participation in discussion.

    Feb 14:  Through promotion via organised event planned in next quarter we are hoping to encourage interest and participation in a proposed Local Alliance in the Scarborough Area.

    Jan 16:  We promote and support local DAA in Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby through member of steering group.

    Jan 19:  Support and promotion for the DAA and soon to be DFC social movement through attendance at local meetings and supporting actions within the local community.