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Alzheimer’s Society Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support to people with any form of dementia and their carers through our publications, National Dementia Helpline, website and more than 2000 local services. We campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive.

Updated:
7 June 2017
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Bracknell Forest 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 campaign for better quality of life for people with dementia and greater understanding of dementia. We also fund an innovative programme of medical and social research into the cause, cure and prevention of dementia and the care people receive. Locally we provide the following services: • Befriending services provide personalised companionship for people with dementia or carers either in their own home or during outings and activities in the community. • Carers Support Groups to provide emotional support and information to people who are or have been involved in caring for someone with dementia. • Dementia Cafes provide an opportunity to meet regularly and talk about living with dementia in an informal social environment • Dementia Primary Care Worker supporting people with memory concerns in local towns • Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs. • Support and information for people living with dementia and those that care for them either at our offices, or in the person’s home.

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

There may be some challenges around capacity for local staff to attend regular meetings. However, we will endeavour to support the local alliance where we can such as providing information and are committed to working collaboratively with partners in the local community to see better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers in the community.

Member website

www.alzheimers.org.uk

2. Actions

  • User involvement

    We will ensure that people with dementia and their carers are consulted with to ensure our services meet their diverse and changing needs.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action.

  • Education and Training

    We will ensure our staff have access to appropriate education, training and support for their role to enable them to support people accessing services in an appropriate and professional manner.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action.

  • innovation

    We will continue to listen to our service users, challenge our working practices for the better and be innovative in our thinking for developing new services.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action.

  • Raising awareness of dementiaAction

    We are committed to raising awareness and a better understanding of dementia and providing up to date information, through leaflets, events, talks  and inviting people to become Dementia Friends and Dementia Friends Champions.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action.

  • Working in partnership

    We are committed to working with partners across the community to share resources, avoid duplication and deliver cohesive, joined up services to people with dementia and their carers in the community.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action.