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Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind provides a comprehensive range of community based services for people with sight loss, their families and carers, and operates a residential care home.

Updated:
28 October 2014
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Health, Care
Local Alliances:
Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1.  The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?  

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind provides a comprehensive range of community based services for people with sight loss, their families and carers, and operates a residential care home.  

As the population ages so does the number of people with sight loss and the number of people with concurrent sight loss and dementia.  We know that this dual burden creates particular challenges for them, their carers and families; and is often the trigger for needing increased care, including a move to a care home.    

We are committed to delivering better outcomes for people with concurrent dementia and sight loss by increasing awareness, supporting initiatives to address their needs and meet their aspirations, and to ensuring we are better placed to provide effective advice, help and support.   

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

We face the same challenge in raising awareness and securing recognition of the value and benefit of services that maximise vision and support independence and physical and mental wellbeing for people with concurrent sight loss and dementia, as we do for people suffering from sight loss generally.  

Operationally we face the challenge of limited resources and funding which constrain our ability to deliver services that address the full spectrum of challenges faced by people with sight loss, their families and carers.

2. Actions

  • Increasing mutual understanding and awareness

    On an ongoing basis we will continue to work with dementia organisations and others with a view to increasing mutual understanding and awareness of the challenges faced by people with concurrent dementia and sight loss. 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Ongoing work

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

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