Glossa is an independent Speech & Language Therapy Service working in the Yorkshire region. It offers specialist advice, assessment, therapy, training, support and facilitation for adults with acquired communication and/or swallowing difficulties and their families/carers. Glossa's ethos is one of functionality and practicality aiming to help clients achieve a potential that they are happy and effective with. We are able to help those with dementia-related communication and swallowing difficulties
- 8 March 2018
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Communication, Health, Medical
- Local Alliances:
- Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, York 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?
Working as a specialist in acquired communication and swallowing difficulties, Glossa is able to support those with dementia and their families keep safe and to maintain quality of life through interaction, conversations and social contacts.
Raising awareness and training related to swallowing difficulties is a key role locally and Glossa offers workshops for carers and support workers to help achieve this aim.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The main obstacle we have encountered are organisations taking up the training. The need for raising awareness and educating those who care for people with dementia and swallowing/communication difficulties is high but engaging with stakeholders and budget holders to accept and fund training is very difficult.
Another difficulty is the high turnover of staff within care settings. If training is funded by organisations, there needs to be a rolling programme to ensure new staff are trained too.
Swallowing Awareness Workshops
To continue to promote and offer locally swallowing awareness workshops to highlight risks associated with dementia-related swallowing difficulties.
- Being implemented
Engaging with local care agencies offering support at home & GPs
To make contacts with local carers and GPs to highlight how Speech and Language Therapy can help those with dementia to maintain functioning and to help carers to support people with dementia more effectively.