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Housing 21 Harry Whitehead Court Bury

Housing 21 has over 4,000 customers living with dementia who live in our homes or use our services, and this number could double in the next 5 years. We are committed to supporting them and their families to enable them to live as full and independent lives for as long as possible. We need to ensure that our established expertise is embedded throughout the organisation rather than being locked into a separate, specialist activity. This includes getting our expertise working at our Sheltered Housing provision where large numbers of people are living with Dementia. Harry Whitehead Court is a sheltered accommodation with 34 Flats. Which has I provide support for the over 55,s I work from 8am until 4pm Monday to Friday and live on site. Also promoting independence and wellbeing.

Updated:
13 November 2014
Location:
North West
Local Alliances:
Bury 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?

In 2014 we hope to deliver the national objectives of Housing 21 as well as those local to Bury Communities and Harry Whitehead Court. From the national dementia declaration we hope to; 

  • Promote a wide  range of services that support residents, with any aspect of daily living and enables them to stay at home and in the community, enjoying the best quality of life for as long as possible
  • Provide information and support-provide opportunities so that residents can have fun with a network of others, including people in a similar position to them.
  • Make it easy and accessible in getting information and advice, including information about the range of benefits that can be accessed to help residents afford and cope with living at home.
  • Actively listen to residents and ensure that their views are considered, from the point it was first mentioned that they were worried about their memory.

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

  • Time
  • Money
  • Resources

2. Actions

  • Promotion of local support services

    We aim to promote a wide  range of services that support residents, with any aspect of daily living and enables them to stay at home and in the community, enjoying the best quality of life for as long as possible. Our action will be to; 

    • Display posters and promote social events which residents can assess both within Harry Whitehead Court and within the community.
    • Become an active member of Bury DAA and make contacts with members/local groups which can enhance the daily living of the resident’s i.e invite guest speakers to residents meetings.
    • Assist with the development of the dementia choir by promoting it to residents and providing a venue.

     

    Status:
    Planning
  • Promotion of information and advice

    We aim to make it easy and accessible in getting information and advice, including information about the range of benefits that can be accessed to help residents afford and cope with living at home. Our actions will be to;

    • Source information and telephone numbers on local dementia services ,community mental health teams, referral process, safeguarding procedures , emergency telephone numbers such as the crisis teams, health centres, GP’s, Hospitals etc  and provide a copy to all residents. Invite the local community services such as Age UK to promote activities/services to the residents can provide assistance in maintaining independent within resident’s homes.
    • Invite the dementia cafes to hold a cafe or information session on dementia at Harry Whitehead Court.
    Status:
    Delivery, Planning

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Ongoing support to tenants' families and friends to promote awareness of all different sorts of dementia.

  • Engage with people living with dementia

    We aim to actively listen to residents and ensure that their views are considered, from the point it was first mentioned that they were worried about their memory. Our actions are to;

    • Promote and provide opportunities for residents to have their opinions and views listened to either in one to one conversation or within a group.
    • To provide opportunity to develop life story work through care planning and activities.
    Status:
    Planning, Delivery
  • Develop awareness amongst staff

    For staff to become more dementia aware and knowledge about what help and support can be accessed i.e. dementia training, becoming a dementia friend/champion. Holding dementia awareness sessions with Harry Whitehead Court.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Jane Hide, North West Director of Housing and Care 21, will be coming to Harry Whitehead Court for a Dementia Awareness session in 12th of November in our communal lounge. I have delivered a small talk with my hairdressers as they have limited awareness of dementia.

  • 12 Month update

    On going suport to my tenants family and friends to promote awareness of all different sorts of dementia.Small talk with my hairderessers as they have limited awearness of dementia.Jane Hide my North West Director of Housing and Care 21 will be coming to Harry Whitehead Court for a Dementia awarness session in 12th of November in our communal lounge.

    Status:
    Being implemented