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Farsley Live at Home Scheme,

A charity providing support and friendship to older people in our community living in their own homes.

19 June 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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 are part of MHA, a national charity providing all levels of support from residential homes through to nursing care in homes. The community arm of the charity is the Live at Home Schemes and there are over 70 in the UK.

The activities and services we offer are inclusive and specifically designed for people with memory problems - we offer a person-centred approach to support which stresses the uniqueness of each individual and our commitment to dignity, choice and fulfillment, as well as meeting physical, social and spiritual needs, improving the feeling of positive well-being for all.

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

We are continually seeking to improve the support offered to those living well with dementia.

This can prove difficult as there is little additional financial support available to those diagnosed with the illness as compared to those who are not. Also, we are striving to reduce the stigma of 'dementia' by holding community awareness days, including those with dementia in other activities and keeping ourselves up to date with the latest treatments and support available to those with the illness and their carers.

We aim to give our volunteers the opportunity to train as dementia friends by end 2015.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness Day

    We intend on holding a Dementia Awareness Day during October 2015 with the intention of reducing the stigma that is still held by lots of people.

    Initial Scoping
  • Raise awareness

    We regularly put updates into our monthly newsletter to 'drip feed' our members, volunteers and supporters and break down the barriers between those with dementia and those without.

    Being implemented