Later life living
Later Life Living is a Day Club for the over 50's. We specialise in reminiscence work, therapeutic activities, including relaxation, light exercise, art and craft, singing for the brain, puzzles, board games, gardening, and life stories/memory boxes. We offer emergency (day care) respite, we meet the needs of clients with a Dementia, and those who are experiencing loneliness, isolation, depression anxiety and those who would benefit from social interaction.
- 15 May 2015
- North West
- Care, Health, Recreation
- Local Alliances:
- Manchester Dementia Action Alliance , Trafford 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?
We are a service that offers personal choice, person-centred care and activities to meet the needs of the individual.
We have designed our service around the needs of our clients and their carers, offering support to ensure everybody's individual needs are met, by giving our carers daily respite and signposting to various other helpful services, including support and information services, whilst offering our clients a stimulating safe and fun environment.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
At later life living we always support our clients to make choices. However not all our clients are able to make an informed choice because of their level of cognitive ability. As a result we will often have to make small decisions based on our growing knowledge of individual clients likes, dislikes and past history.
As a family run, private service we also have limited access to other funding. This is a great challenge to our resources.
Staff awareness and training
We ensure all staff are trained in providing Dementia care and we remain up to date with regular developments in demetia research, striving to ensure our staffs personal development is ongoing.
Personalised activities through day support for people with dementia
We offer opportunities for people with dementia to develop new interests and new social networks. Our centre allows people with dementia to meet new people, make new friends and take part in a variety of activities including Reminiscence Work, Memory Games, Anxiety / Depression Management, Baking, Bowling, Beauty Therapies (i.e. hand / arm massage and nail care), Light Exercises, Chair Yoga, Relaxation Techniques, Art & Craft, Singing for the Brain, Gardening, Board Games, Puzzles, Musical Bingo, Keyboard, Pool, Table Tennis and Life Stories to name but a few.
Helping local people with dementia contribute to their local community
We offer the opportunity for people with dementia to contribute to the local Manchester community through our activity sessions, by completing arts and crafts pieces which are then displayed in the local community through a range of outlets.