Manchester Jewish Community Care
Provides day care to older and disabled members of the Jewish Community or those living with a cognitive illness. We also offer a bathing service, meals on wheels and The Northern Jewish Talking Newspaper.
- 19 May 2014
- North West
- Care, Health
- Local Alliances:
- Manchester 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?
We have ensured that all our staff are trained in the Stirling University accredited course for Best Practice in Dementia course. We extended this training to our volunteers and carers of our service users.
We have engaged with local groups to deliver programmes specially developed to help those with dementia eg The Library Theatre who run a story box project. They then trained our staff to continue to deliver this service.
We are holding an Open Day in June and have invited organisations to come and share with service users and those in the community the services available to those with dementia.
We help families and carers to understand the legal aspect of dementia including medical treatment and the mental capacity of the individual making sure they have access to information to help them make decisions.
As part of the assessment process when first meeting a potential new member with dementia, we gather as much information as we can about their interests, past and present, so that we can accommodate them at the centre. We aim to deliver person-centred care and encourage inclusion in all activities at the centre that the member may wish to participate in.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
As a Day Centre caring not only for those people with dementia one of the challenges is to enable others to understand how dementia affects their ‘friends’ in different ways. Some of our members it is with mobility and lack of confidence, others with exaggerated social skills.
Finance is always a major issue in delivering our services and with cutbacks in Local Authority funding we are continually having to look elsewhere for funding. We have a tight staff team and some of our members require one to one attention. New members are often leaving it until they are too ill to be able to gain the best benefits from the Centre.
It can be challenging to provide the right environment for those with dementia as their needs can vary at different times. For some, noise levels can play a part in them becoming distressed. We have different areas that are quieter than others to accommodate this problem.
Developing a dementia and sensory garden
We have worked closely with Hulme Garden Centre to design a dementia/sensory garden. The provision of a safe, accessible and inviting outdoor space at the Day Centre would certainly enhance the mental and physical well being of our members. The existing space is not used, and could be turned into a valuable resource for the benefit of our members. The improvements to health and wellbeing of spending time outdoors are abundant. For those interested in horticulture, it will be a means to exercise that pursuit. Gardening is highly therapeutic- engaging with the life cycle of flora is especially valuable to people suffering from bereavement and loss. For those who just want to enjoy a comfortable space in the outdoors and benefit from the fresh air and sunshine [either on their own, or with others].
On the 15 June we plan to hold an Open Day which has been funded by Manchester City Council Mental Health Wellbeing Trust. This will enable members of the community learn more about dementia care and the resources available. It will also given us an opportunity to promote the work of The Nicky Alliance Day Centre.
Signposting to local support services
We work closely with The Federation of Jewish Services and frequently signpost service users or their families to them for extra support and help. We also work closely with other organisations and likewise they signpost service users to us.
We are continually updating the training to our staff, volunteers and carers to ensure that they have access and knowledge to the best care available for the service users.