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Dementia Pathfinders Kent

Dementia Pathfinders exists to provide therapeutic care and support for people with dementia and their families and programmes of education and learning for people working in the dementia care field.

28 April 2016
South East
Arts, Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Kent 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?

As well as a national focus on improving outcomes for people with dementia and their families, Dementia Pathfinders is working in Kent to increase levels of understanding among those working in health and social care and within the communities in which they live.  We aim to contribute to people with dementia living in a supportive and enabling environment by working with frontline care staff to aid their knowledge and skills in responding in person-centred ways, thereby offering services designed around the individual with dementia.  We are doing this through a number of training programmes including an externally evaluation Level 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia for domicilliary care workers. We are also striving to achieve a sense of belonging (to family, community and in civic life, through engaging) by gathering information about what people with dementia say helps them retain their independence.  In 2014 we will be doing this by working alongside the new network of Cogs Clubs, for people with mind do moderate dementia, to evaluate their impact and disseminate information about the views of members, facilitators and relatives.  We are working with other organisations to extend the awareness of dementia in the wider Kent community, including faith-based organisations.

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

Challenges in working with frontline staff reflect the pressures faced currently by service providers.  Being able to release staff for training is especially difficult for those working as personal assistants but can also be a challenge in home care. Finding a budget to cover training costs can be difficult in an environment where funding is under pressure.  Working with the wider community to increase levels of engagement for people with dementia may be challenging because it takes time to explain the importance of including people with dementia; organisations who have not seem themselves as having a responsibility in this area may need some persuasion.

2. Actions