Home Instead Alresford
Home Instead Senior Care in Central Hampshire provides support to adults to enable them retain their independence and remain living in their own homes for as long as possible which is where they feel most comfortable and secure. We provide a range of services including companionship, home-help and personal care to assist and support adults to live as independently as possible. We specialise in the care of those with dementia and other neurological conditions.
- 18 October 2016
- South East
- Local Alliances:
- Hampshire 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?
Home Instead Senior Care provides support to adults to enable them to live independently and safely at home. As little as an hour or two a week of quality-focused tailored, person-centred care can help achieve this. Companionship and consistency of caregiver are at the heart of everything we do which puts us in a strong position to deliver better outcomes for people living with dementia.
We will continue to provide the best quality care through careful recruitment and training of our caregivers. We train all of our caregivers to use our City & Guilds approved dementia programme as well as sharing this information via workshops with our clients’ families and members of the local community.
Regular reviews with the client, his or her representatives and the caregiver ensure that our care and support is adapted and modified as the clients’ needs change.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
In our experience many people living with dementia may not have had a formal diagnosis and may be reluctant or frightened to accept that they have the disease.
Making people aware of the difference that good quality support can make to both the person suffering from dementia and his or her family is a major challenge. In many cases we find that carers are not aware of the support that already exists and are therefore feel they are left to cope on their own.
Awareness and understanding of dementia and how behaviour is affected is also low amongst the general public and within businesses and retailers in the local area.
Local residents don't always know how and where to access best advice and training on dementia related issues.
Support Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance and become a Dementia Champion
We will support Hampshire DAA as it develops its plans to make Hampshire more dementia-friendly and Jan Gapper will become a Dementia Champion
Offer free dementia training to the local community
Offer free dementia training workshops to the local community. We are offering a version of our own in-house training programme (City and Guilds accredited) to the families and other carers of people with dementia. We are also making this available to businesses whose staff come into contact with people with dementia. We will also seek to partner with other DAA members to achieve better access to information and training about dementia related issues.
Encourage Early Diagnosis
Home Instead will encourage and explain the benefits to clients as to why seekingadvice from their GP as the first point of contact when memory problems are identified or suspected could be beneficial. We have a signposting role in this regard.
2014 - First Quarter Update
We will continue to train our caregivers using the Home Instead City & Guilds dementia training programme coupled with other dementia-specific training to make them both well- informed and competent in this area of care.
We will continue to provide dementia training for unpaid carers.