Rothwell & District Live at Home
Rothwell & District Live at Home Scheme is a charity which offers a friendship and support service for older people (over 60) living in their own homes. It acts upon referrals from relatives, friends, Social Care and Health Services or the person themselves. The scheme is supported by our 50+ volunteer’s time who ensure we are able to offer our members the chance to get out and meet new friends, take part in exercise activities and lunch clubs or receive a regular friendly visit. Live at Home is also a service that encourages and enables older people to overcome disability and barriers to participate once again in their local community. Our mission is: To promote the independence and well-being of people aged 60 or over in the area of Rothwell & District and to enable them to live in their own homes with comfort, dignity, and security for as long as they choose.
- 3 October 2016
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Voluntary Sector, Care
- 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?
The work of the Scheme continues to be guided by the policies and procedures of our parent organisation MHA, one of the leaders nationally on the provision of quality retirement living, residential nursing care and dementia day care. Staff and volunteers are trained on dementia awareness and working effectively with people with dementia. All the scheme’s groups, activities and services are open to those living with dementia and their carers. All members and their carers are supported to remain socially included with dignity, choice, independence and respect. If we are unable to holistically meet all peoples’ needs they are sign-posted to other suitable support and care services. The Scheme facilitates a group, that runs twice monthly at Blackburn Hall, “Active Minds” specifically aimed to support the needs of people with memory problems and their carers. It provides alternate therapeutic sessions based on singing and reminiscence and a discussion group using reminiscence materials and employing cognitive stimulation therapy principles. The scheme has good liaison links with Adult Social Care and Community Mental Health Services, Aire Court - South Leeds Older Peoples Mental Health Community Unit.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
A major challenge is sourcing and securing ongoing funding for the “Active Minds” group as well as securing funding for the scheme as a whole.
Another challenge we face is improving the environment to create safe dementia friendly spaces and enable inclusion, in the community and at venues where we base our activities.
Active Minds Group
We will be setting up a new group for people living with short term memory loss and/or dementia, called Active Minds. The group will meet twice a month to help stimulate the mind by participating in number and memory games, musical activities, including sing-alongs, musical bingo and quizzes.
- Being implemented
Funding to support Active Minds Group – Equipment and Transport
We will be looking for funding to initially purchase dementia friendly equipment i.e. discussion and reminiscence aids, song books, CDs, DVDs etc. Also to subsidise accessible transport to the activity for members and their carers who may otherwise struggle to leave home.
Increase awareness of dementia.
We are planning on running Dementia Friends awareness sessions for staff, volunteers and committee members to raise awareness of dementia within our team. We will also aim to make these sessions available to our members in the future.