The Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale is located in the north of England in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, within the Yorkshire and Humber region. It covers an area of 140 square miles (36,392 hectares) and has a population of 205,300. The ambition is for Calderdale to be an attractive place where people are prosperous, healthy and safe, supported by excellent services and a place where everyone is valued and, through actions, demonstrate that everyone matters. The Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale is located in the north of England in the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, within the Yorkshire and Humber region. It comprises of the main towns of Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.
- 4 February 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Authorities
- Local Alliances:
- Calderdale 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?
Councillors have the ambition to make Calderdale a Dementia Friendly Borough. Only about a third of people with dementia receive Adult Social Care services. By raising the profile of dementia in generic services they are supporting people living with dementia to continue to access community services for as long as they are able.
With the launch of the Dementia Action Alliance, all directorates of the Council have come together to consider the part that they might play, ensuring that people living with dementia do not feel stigmatised.
The Dementia Friends programme, currently being promoted nationally, is being delivered to frontline staff in many areas; there is an ambition for 500 Friends in the Council. However, this is purely to raise awareness; it is not intended to replace training for those individuals who work closely with people with advanced dementia.
The Council is funding the Co-ordinator for Dementia Friendly Calderdale and ensuring that the role takes a lead role in the local Dementia Action Alliance while working closely with the contractor who delivers advice and support for people living with dementia.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
It is a challenge to ensure that individuals understand that support for people living with dementia is not just the responsibility for Adults, Health and Social Care, nor is it restricted to older people.
Although people with advanced dementia are more likely to challenge services, there is a challenge to show those with limited understanding that, with the right support and understanding, people with mild to moderate dementia can maintain their independence for longer.
It is also an ambition to engage with people living with dementia to identify what improvements would help them.
Although budget challenges are always relevant, particularly in the current climate, the Council intends to ensure that dementia stays on the agenda.
The Visitor Centre at Hebden Bridge will carry out actions to support people living with dementia
A member of the Tourism : Visitor Information team has undertaken Dementia Champion training and will ensure that all team members of the Tourism : Visitor Information team attends Dementia Friends Information session
The manager will invite someone living with Dementia to have a look around the Visitor Centres at Halifax and Hebden Bridge and see if any improvements can be made. And also Investigate the provision of pinless PDQ for both Visitor Centres.
Explore possibility of Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre becoming part of the Safe Place scheme.
Appropriate levels of training for staff throughout the Council
Dementia Friends raises awareness about the impact of living with dementia. The Council plans to ensure that all frontline staff, including libraries, Contact Centre, Visitor Information Centres, Museums staff, undertake the sessions and wear the badge.
However, Workforce Development will deliver different levels of training which is consummate with the work being carried out. For example, Residential Care staff will have more in depth knowledge about the condition and person-centred delivery; Social Workers will ensure that they while listening to the views of family and friends, they will always consider the views of people with dementia
Develop "Theatre Buddies" in Calderdale
Working with Alzheimer's Society, the Victoria Theatre will develop a buddying scheme to support people with dementia to access some performances.
Following consultation with people living with dementia, we will identify some events where we will; support people with dementia to get to and from the theatre; provide a room where such a group can meet before and and at the interval; where possible, depending on the promoter, offer discounted rates to people with dementia, their carers and volunteer supporters
Develop Dementia Friendly Libraries in Calderdale
Develop the Public Library Universal Dementia Offer and launch the Dementia list after reviewing the current stock and information provision
Plan events to be held in libraries, i.e. coffee mornings, reading sessions, silver surfers
Develop the role of volunteers to support people who use services in the library
Develop the home delivery service to support people living with dementia who are not able to access buildings
Investigate the use of reminiscence packs in libraries
Ensure that all frontline library staff receive awareness training
Ensure that Dementia Friendly Calderdale is developed
The Council will fund and support the post of Co-ordinator, who will lead the Dementia Action Alliance for Calderdale
It will promote a publicity campaign to raise awareness about dementia, including prevention messages
Working in partnership with Housing and a Registered Social Landlord, Adults, Health and Social Care and Housing will develop a new Extra Care Scheme, incorporating design elements for people living with dementia who wish to remain independent. It will ensure consultation takes place throughout the planning process
It will ensure that services are commissioned to support people living with dementia to access timely information, advice and peer support following diagnosis
Explore a shared lives model of respite for people with dementia
Adults, Health and Social Care will develop a personalised respite service for carers of people with dementia ensuring that the cared for establishes a positive relationship with their prospective short term carer at a stable time of the dementia progression.
This relationship would offer individualised respite for the carer in a domestic setting, and may prove an alternative solution to a short term crisis