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The Pilkington Family Trust

The Pilkington Family Trust provides advice, information and support to former Company employees, as well as a range of care services to help people enjoy an active and independent retirement.

14 November 2018
North West
Local Alliances:
St Helens 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?

We recognise that Dementia will place an ever-increasing demand our care services in the future – a challenge that we can only meet in partnership with other like-minded organisations – both voluntary and statutory. In doing so, we envisage providing additional practical support to individuals and their carers in the home. We see this as fitting alongside short term respite care currently provided at Ruskin Lodge in St Helens.

The Outcomes that we are looking for are that the individual is able to lead as fulfilled a life as possible and that the Carer receives as much assistance as we can offer to support them in their caring role.   

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

Having an effective Assessment Process in place, designing an appropriate care package (alongside other agencies) and the delivery of quality care focussed on the specific needs of the individual. Essential to this will be training our staff in all aspects of Dementia, including the condition itself and an understanding of how it affects the lives of the individual, their family members, friends etc.

2. Actions

  • Provision of short term respite care in our Care Home (Ruskin Lodge)

    We will improve the skills of the workforce by developing and delivering high quality training sessions on Dementia.

    22 employees have attended Dementia awareness sessions delivered by Sterling University.

    25 people took part in the Virtual Dementia 'tour' delivered by Training to Care. 

    Dementia Friends awareness sessions are going to be delivered by the local Alzheimer's Society to Care Staff and our Community workers. Two similar sessions are to be delivered to Pilkington/NSG employees in October.

    13  individuals received Dementia Awareness sessions from the Hargreaves Trust

  • Continue to develop our monthly ‘Dementia Café’

    Continue to provide on-going support and disseminate information to people living with dementia and their carers.

    The Dementia Cafe creates a friendly and welcoming environment for people to spend a few hours relaxing and enjoying the entertainment on offer - this includes musical afternoons, quizzes, reminiscence, massage etc. Recently the members went out on a trip to the World of Glass. 

    Currently we have on average some 12 individuals and their Carers attending the group.

  • Dementia Nursing Scheme

    A research project was carried out on our behalf by Dementia UK focusing on the needs of the Carer in terms of how they are managing the situation, what services they are accessing, where there are gaps in provision and what effect this is having on their lifestyle. The report was presented to the Trustees meeting in July 2015, at which there was a common agreement that the Pilkington Family Trust wishes to establish a Dementia Support Scheme.

    Our Dementia Support Worker commenced on 1st December 2015, and we appointed an Admiral Nurse who joined us early in 2016.

    Two Dementia Friends awareness sessions were delivered by Alzheimer's Society to employees of Pilkington NSG in October. Seventy new 'Friends' attended the sessions.

    The Admiral Nurse and Dementia Support Worker have attended the Dementia Champions training session and are now able to deliver the Dementia Friends Awareness sessions to our staff and pensioners.

    Our team are took part in the Dementia Awareness Week presentation at the Gamble Institute.