Alzheimer’s Society - Merton Dementia Hub
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website and more than 2000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the casue, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.
- 8 March 2018
- Local Alliances:
- Merton 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?
One of our main aims is to seek an early diagnosis for our clients - our information workers are targeting Gp’s surgeries with information for all staff, as we are trying to increase the diagnosis rate locally which is below the national average. They also are targeting Merton’s BME community to ensure they are included in our work.
We are raising awareness of dementia in Merton through information events and leaflet drops. Getting people to recognise the early signs of dementia.
We support carers to help their loved one stay at home through home visits, telephone support and access to our workshops and community based services.
We sign post our clients to other services – ie benefits and transport, etc.
We run services which include carers and people with dementia and support them to live well at home .Offering those around them information about the condition to dispel any myths that exist so they can understand the condition..
We are part of a national charity which is heavily involved in research.
We consult our clients when developing our services, for example – what they would like to see at our Dementia cafes.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Encouraging the GPs to refer onto the specialist at St George’s Hospital.
Getting the general public to understand what dementia is and what it is not.
Ensuring the local hospitals are equipped to care for people living with dementia.
Getting those with the condition to access services in their area.
We have many people trying to attend our groups but without transport they cannot attend. Especially people who live alone – on Dial-A-Ride you have to be escorted. This is the biggest barrier to our accessing our groups.
Depending where we hold our groups in the borough will dictate the attendance numbers.
For people that live alone – there is a desperate need for a befriending service for people with dementia.
Much of our services comprises of groups and we find that many people are too shy or not confident enough to attend .