Jewish Care, Epping Forest
Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the south east of England. We run over 70 centres and services, caring for more than 7,000 people every week. Our clients' emotional needs are just as important as their physical requirements and providing for their day to day needs is just the beginning. We offer care in an environment that recognises and respects our clients’ Jewish identity. We celebrate Jewish festivals and make Shabbat, helping people feel safe and comfortable in a ‘heimische’ atmosphere, at a time when they may feel most vulnerable. We provide services for: Older people People with mental health problems People with a physical or sensory disability, including those who are visually impaired Holocaust survivors and refugees People caring for others (Carers) Younger people A dedicated support and advice line for referrals and service information
- 3 September 2020
- Care, Membership Organisations, Faith Groups
- Local Alliances:
- Redbridge Dementia Action Alliance, Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance (EFDAA)
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?
All our centres have been designed to continuously delivery better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers. By offering a program of stimulating activities for people who have memory impairment and/or a diagnosis of a type of dementia. We aim to increase a sense of personal wellbeing and inclusion within a sociable atmosphere which provides substantial health benefit to those living with dementia.
Jewish Care, Redbridge is at the forefront of community care. We enjoy a positive, open and engaging relationship with many other social and care providers within the borough. By joining the Redbridge Dementia Alliance we believe that we can further share our knowledge and experience in ways to improve the lives of those living with dementia.
We work with clients and carers to achieve the best outcomes to suit their individual needs in a meaningful way.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Reaching out to the wider Jewish Community to identify people living with dementia and their need
- Funding – how do we manage to fund our work particularly in the earlier stages of dementia when we can work on preventative
- Understanding that each individual has a unique care plan
Promoting a dementia friendly environment across the organisation
Jewish Care will continue to create and promote a dementia friendly environment within our care homes and wider community. Jewish Care will continue to educate their staff and community around Dementia within a person-centred framework and the Montessori method of working with people with dementia. In doing so, Jewish Care hopes to also reach out to those individuals who haven’t identified their role as a carer and reduce overall stigma associated with dementia.
Lobbying for greater recognition of dementia
Jewish Care will continue to lobby for appropriate funding to provide relevant and high standard services to people with dementia and their carers. Whenever possible we will endeavour to lobby politicians, at local and national levels, and commissioners that good dementia care requires and is given a realistic budget. Jewish Care's campaign and fundraising department will continue to highlight services for people with dementia as a high priority with potential funders and benefactors.
Continue to Improve Services
Jewish Care will continue to offer a high-quality Community Support and Social Work Service to people living with dementia and their carers. This team will continue to link strongly with local and national services as well as with internal services including Memory Way Café’s and day centres to ensure members receive a professional and supportive service at all times. Jewish Care will continue to provide specialist training such as Montesorri method working with people with dementia to ensure their knowledge of dementia is extensive and up to date.