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Age UK Coventry

Age UK Coventry exists to help improve the quality of life of older people in the city of Coventry.

Updated:
7 December 2016
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector, Care, Arts, Charity, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire 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?

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

Age UK Coventry exists to help improve the quality of life of older people in the city.  Our vision is to see a fair, inclusive, respectful and supportive society in which each older person leads a good quality, fulfilling, enjoyable and fun filled life, and in their later years is supported to live independently, safely and comfortably at home for as long as they wish.

We will continue to deliver and develop our specialist services for people with dementia, ensuring that we are person-centred in the way we engage with individuals, and that our support helps them live well with dementia.  We are committed to ensuring that all our mainstream services are dementia friendly, as we recognise that whilst specific services are beneficial, our goal should be to ensure that all our services are accessible and inclusive to people with dementia and their carers.  We are committed to offering good quality, tailored awareness training to our staff and volunteers, to ensure that people with dementia and their carers can approach Age UK Coventry with the confidence that their needs will be understood.  We will seek to involve people with dementia and their carers in shaping our services and we will actively seek out opportunities to work in partnership with other organisations to positively influence work in this area.  We also commit to promoting a positive view of dementia in all the work we carry out.

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

Increasing awareness and understanding of dementia amongst our staff, volunteers and the general public. How to ensure that our mainstream services are accessible and inclusive to people with dementia and their carers. Securing funding to allow us to continue to deliver and develop services for people with dementia and their carers. Developing expertise on dementia friendly design.

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

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2. Actions

  • Deliver and develop specialist dementia friendship scheme

    To continue to deliver and develop our specialist dementia friendship scheme.  The aim of this scheme is to support people with early stage dementia to continue a hobby or activity with the support of a volunteer.  The scheme focuses on people who live alone in the community and the ethos behind the scheme is to engage with people with dementia as early as possible in their dementia journey in order to help them keep well.  The scheme is person-centred and focuses on what the client wants to do and as such the activities people engage in are very varied (e.g. lunch, art class, learning how to use a computer, trips to the market, woodwork, allotment, dominoes at the local pub, jigsaws, baking).

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Ongoing delivery of the service

  • Work towards ensuring all our services are dementia friendly

    To work towards ensuring all our services are dementia friendly.  As a first stage we are focusing on the design/environment of our 4 public areas.  In order to highlight the improvements we need to make, we have carried out an environmental design audit with the support of a consultant from Innovations in dementia; held a consultation event to gain feedback from people with dementia and their carers; and carried out a ‘walk the patch’ exercise on a 1:1 basis with people with dementia.  This has resulted in a list of recommendations (primarily focused on signage, lighting, flooring, toilet adaptations), which will be implemented over the coming months.

    Status:
    Completed

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Completed

  • Deliver dementia awareness training

    To continue to deliver high quality, tailored dementia awareness training to our staff and volunteers.  To evaluate the training on a regular basis to ensure it is at an appropriate level and meets the needs of our clients.

    Status:
  • Work in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society

    To continue to work in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to ensure a good level of signposting and cross-referral.

    The Arts Gymnasium project have started to work very closely with the Alzheimer's Society with regards to consultation and referrals into the project. The staff are very willing to provide help and advice to our participants and their carers when necessary. The arts Gymnasium project has also been actively supportive in hosting 'Singing for the Brain' sessions at the Belgrade Theatre.
    Status:
    Implementation
  • Identify opportunities for further funding

    To identify opportunities for further funding to develop services/support for people with dementia and their carers, based on what people with dementia and their carers say they want and need; and best practice.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Development of an arts group which is specifically tailored to people with early stage dementia and/or memory impairments.

    The Arts Gymnasium is a partnership between Age UK Coventry and the Belgrade’s Community and Education programme and aims to promote the positive health, well-being and connectivity of people living within Coventry through a variety of drama and storytelling activities. The drama sessions are exclusively for people aged 50 and over and are run weekly at the Belgrade Theatre. Participants are able to build up confidence in being provided a space for play, and a chance to explore different people’s experiences through imagination and movement. Arts Gymnasium consists of 3 open access drama groups, run every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11-1 at the Belgrade Theatre. Our Friday group, Living Well is tailored to meet the needs of people living with memory impairments and/or early stage dementia. These sessions encourage participants to take part in individual and group activities.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New action