Care & Repair Leeds

Care & Repair Leeds is the Home Improvement Agency for Leeds assisting older and disabled people to live in a warm, safe and secure environment. The aim of the agency is to improve people’s living conditions, promote independence through enhancing health and quality of life, and enable people to remain living in their own home or to return to their home following discharge from hospital. We provide a wide range of cost-effective, efficient, client-centred services, which are flexible and can be adapted and tailored to meet specific needs. Our clients are offered access to all of our services and where we are unable to meet all their needs ourselves, we refer on to our partner organisations. Current services: Housing Choices, Prevention of Falls, Disabled Adaptations , Support My Life, Warm Homes, Home Repairs, Leeds Directory, Healthy Lives Healthy Homes, Silverlinks, Memories Reminiscence Library and Hospital Discharge/Prevention Service.

Updated:
8 December 2014
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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?

All of Care & Repair’s services are open to those living with dementia and can help to maintain a safe and warm home to live independently.

 For example, our Prevention of Falls service can provide grab rails and equipment to help older people remain on their feet when climbing stairs or taking a bath. Our Warm Homes service ensures that people have sufficient heating to keep warm and healthy.

 We also have the Memories Reminiscence Library specifically for family members, friends and carers of those living with dementia. The service enables them to borrow nostalgic pictures, fun games and activities free of charge. We also deliver and collect the items anywhere in Leeds so everyone can access the service. The items available help encourage conversation and reminiscence, which have proven crucial in difficult circumstances.

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

We need to make sure that all our staff, volunteers and Trustees have an awareness of dementia so that they can provide a great service to everyone.

The items available to borrow through our Memories Reminiscence Library mainly cover British History. We are aware that we need to expand this product range to be more inclusive to BME clients living with dementia.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia

    All staff and Trustees have attended a Dementia Friends session. We will continue to raise awareness of dementia within current staff, and offer the Dementia Friends session to any new members of staff and Trustees.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Expand the Memories Reminiscence Library to include culture specific resources

    We are currently conducting a survey to research the need for reminiscence resources within BME communities. We will publish a report of our findings and look to create culture specific resources if a need has been identified.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Improve understanding of dementia within our volunteers and contractors

    In addition to offering the Dementia Friends session to staff and Trustees, we will look to offer the sessions to our volunteers and contractors so that they have a better understanding of dementia.

    Status:
    Planning