Age Concern Twyford and District
We are a registered charity whose aim is to assist elderly residents in the area to maintain their independence and quality of life. We serve the local villages of Twyford, Hurst, Wargrave, Sonning, Ruscombe and Charvil.
- 1 June 2018
- South East
- Care, Local DAA Members
- Local Alliances:
- Wokingham Borough DAA
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?
We wish to support the DAA in developing the awareness of Dementia in the community. Making people aware of Dementia can help make people living with Dementia lives a lot easier and also improve their quality of life. We help people living with Dementia lead as normal a life as possible by including them in all sorts of activities when they come in to the Day Centre.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Reaching the community and making them understand Dementia, that it affects many lives and that it is better to recognise it than ignore it's existence.
Supporting the Wokingham Borough DAA
We will participate in the Wokingham DAA Steering Committee and attend regular meetings.
2014 - First Quarter Update
Day Care for people with Alzheimer's
We now offer an extra day of care for members living in our region, this is on Wednesdays and is for everybody - including people living with early stages of Dementia. Members attend from 10am to 3pm every Wednesday. We mix the groups as we find that mixed interaction is good for people with early stage Dementia
2014 - Fourth Quarter Update
Participation in this day's activities has been lower than we hoped for, possibly as a result of not offering transport. We are now offering transport where required, provided we have volunteer drivers available to help us.
We will also open the day up for people without Dementia as we have found that it is good to mix the groups, especially with early stages of Dementia.
Spreading the DAA
Working with the Health and Wellbeing Group within the Twyford and Village Partnership, we want to get as many high street businesses as possible in Twyford to register with the DAA and set up actions for supporting people living with Dementia.
We were involved in the recent National Dementia awareness week and provided, with the TVP, different events on each day so as to create awareness of and where to go for help as regards people living with Dementia. We produced information leaflets and handed out about 250 of these.
2014 - Third Quarter Update
A small group of interested people meet regularly to promote the DAA in Twyford and District.
We have identified 10 businesses that have expressed interest and wish to become registered with the DAA and we plan to help them do this before the end of 2014
Creating a Dementia Friendly Environment
Ensuring that the environment is well lit at all times
Keeping curtains open to allow sunshine to stream in to the room
Provide quiet areas for rest and relaxation
Introduce activites that are suitable for the different stages of Dementia
Ensure that all signage is at correct heights and clear to everybody
Keep pathways clear of obstructions and clear away anything that may distract people living with Dementia
We have a small, well tended, sheltered garden with benches for people to sit on and enjoy some solitude or have a cup of tea with friends.
Tea and Coffee Club
We have introduced a tea and coffee club on a Monday to Friday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. This is intended for anybody wishing to come in and have a chat about Dementia or any other age related issue. Come in and have a chat, there is no charge for the tea or coffee, however if anybody wants to make a small contribution, the collection pot is always there.
Art for people living with Dementia
Introduce quarterly art classes delivered by an experienced art teacher, so as to help people living with Dementia participate in an activity that they can identify with and enjoy. Classes are for the duration of three months and run every second Wednesday in a month. Classes are run at our day centre in Twyford, ring the centre for more information on 0118 934 4040.
- Being implemented
National Dementia Week
Work with the Twyford Village Partnershiop Helath and Wellbeing group to promote Dementia Awareness during the week of the 15th to 21st May 2016.
Scouts and increasing awareness in these groups
Work with the Twyford Scout group to implement the Million Hands initiative, so as to increase the number of Dementia friendly orgaisations and people in the village and district.