Age UK Hythe and Lyminge

We work to improve later life by providing a range of holistic services for older people and their carers across the two areas of Hythe and lyminge in Kent. Our current services include provision of Social Opportunities/Daycare, Health and wellbeing services such as hairdressing and footcare, community services such as home meals, independent living services such as housework, gardening, visits and accompanied outings, information and advice to maximise income and much more. We have 54 volunteers involved in all areas of the organisation. We are the result of two local organisations Age Concern Hythe and Age Concern Lyminge merging in 2011 at the same time we joined Age UK as a brand Partner.

Updated:
26 November 2015
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Shepway 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?

Continue to support people with dementia through our services including day services at the same time offering short daily respite periods to families and carers.Promote awareness of Dementia to others, including the general public through Dementia Champions.

Provide information and support to those with Dementia and families involved with their care and signpost to relevant support and advice organisations.

Work in partnership with other organisations to provide a network of support across a wide area.Work with GP’s to minimize distress for people with dementia and their carers at each stage.

Continue to support people with Dementia to access personal budgets and manage and control decisions about their care.

Ensure that are services are Dementia friendly, accessible and inclusive to people with Dementia and their carers.

Be approachable to those with Dementia and build confidence in general public that we understand their needs.

Work with our national organisation and campaign on older person issues including Dementia.

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

Increasing awareness and understanding of Dementia within our organisation for staff, volunteers and users.Secure funding to allow us to continue and develop new services for older people with Dementia and their carers.

Engaging with GP’s to maximize local networks and support streams.

Recruiting the right volunteers

Spreading the word – removing the stigmas associated with the Name Age UK.

Member contacts

www.ageuk.org.uk/hytheandlyminge

Member website

www.ageuk.org.uk/hytheandlyminge

2. Actions

  • Increase awareness and understanding of Dementia within our organisation for staff, volunteers and users.

     

    Use Dementia Champions to deliver talks to staff, volunteers and clients

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Increase awareness and understanding of Dementia within our community

    Use Dementia Champions to engae with the community and deliver talks to local business, community groups, Care agencies, GP staff, community wardens, etc.. To invite members of the general public to  attend an open session delivered by a Dementia Champion.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Support group coffee morning

    Hold monthly support coffee mornings for carers looking after a relative or friend with Dementia, where they can meet others in the same situation seek support, build friendships and use the centre as a short respite dropin facility for their relative or friend whilst at the meeting.  

    Status:

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Engage with GP Staff

    Actively join patient participation groups and deliver talks to the group via Dementia Champions.

    Build relationships with local practices and educate them on the services provided by Age UK and work towards providing a network of support with local GP’s and practice staff using memory checklists.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member