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Sanctuary Supported Living

The organisation provides accommodation-related support for people with a need for that support and who are aged over 55 in the North of England. There is a scheme manager on site that provides a professional and high quality low level support service that: o Caters for a range of needs and dependency levels o Supports access to services to help maintain independence at home o Supports good health and prevents or delays the need for residents to access acute care o Helps to reduce admissions to hospital and supports planned discharges from hospital to prevent re-admission o To assess, complement and, where appropriate, to co-ordinate the care and support offered by residents’ families and by statutory, voluntary and private services but not to replace them o To promote the rights of residents o To provide services and facilities that meet the needs of all older people including those from black and minority ethnic groups o To encourage and enable resident participation and involvement, including social, educational and other activities both within the scheme and the wider community o To respond quickly and appropriately in the event of emergencies o To provide an accountable, confidential and professional service to residents o To strive for continuous improvement o To ensure that residents have as much choice and control over their lives as is practicably possible limited only by availability and individual circumstance

5 November 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Hull 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?

Organisation will promote a family/carers/staff awareness group so that family/carers/staff can be educated on dementia.  Help family/carers/staff with their own coping mechanisms and strategies to enable them to gain an awareness of the impact of caring for someone with dementia. Promote through support groups, sign posting and education. Ensure that a dementia specialist is available to provide information, advice and guidance.

For those who we work with , with dementia promote  independence, choice and control over their life by enabling them to make decisions that help them live well, contribute and participate in the local community, with assistance if needed through joint networking with professional groups and organisations.

Develop a regular community forum that can bring together people with dementia, carers, stakeholders, health professionals to have a collective voice and influence to change and improve the lives of those affected by dementia.

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

Getting people involved – It is a hard time for Carers/family when dealing with someone who has dementia and making the initial step to admit that they are struggling could be a challenge although we may recognise that someone is not coping well.

Getting the message across – will have to try and identify the best methods to use to get the message across with the limited resources we have.

Commitment - When looking at creating a forum we have to consider the best time for all (outside of work hours may be better to ensure inclusion but stakeholders, health professionals  may therefore not be able to commit)

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia

    Our staff will attend awareness sessions on dementia so that they can understand the condition and how we can help.

  • Staff to promote awareness to family/ carers

    Promote awareness to family/carers by sign posting, providing information, advice, guidance and if appropriate setting up support groups  

  • Communioty forum

    Develop a community forum with interested parties from stakeholders, health professionals, people with dementia and carers. To help people have a voice. Involve Alzheimers Society in relation to Dementia Friends information sessions.

  • Keeping up to date

    Dementia specialist – Barry Cooper to stay abreast of any developments and engage in training