Horsforth Live at Home Scheme

We are a local charity supporting older people who live in Horsforth. Our aim is to enable older people to stay independent in their own homes. We deliver a range of activities and services including lunch clubs, exercise and dancing classes, walking groups, all promoting health and well being. Our singing for the memory group, Remini-SING meets monthly for people living with dementia and their carers. We are the lead organisation delivering a partnership dementia project funded by LCC with two other Neighbourhood Networks, Avsed and Otley Action for Older People. On monthly day trips we provide Buddies to allow people with dementia to get out and about and stay safe. We also provide home based support for people living with dementia by providing 1:1 befriending, Telephone Befriending and assistance with transport. We also provide information and advice / signposting and refer to other services to access support for carers.

Updated:
9 February 2017
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
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?

We provide support to older people with dementia by providing 1;1 befriending support at home via volunteers.
Since 2013 we’ve delivered a singing for the memory group (ReminiSING) for people living with dementia and their carers. Numbers attending the group average 30. The group is open to all in Leeds area. We make the area dementia friendly, put up signage for easy identification of areas.
We deliver a joint memory loss project with twp other NNSs providing a prompt service.
We deliver training sessions to our staff and volunteers, ensuring they are qualified supporting those with dementia. We have delivered Dementia Friends sessions for over 30 volunteers and staff. Our previous Manager completed Dementia Train the Trainer sessions and our new Manager will complete the training too.
We support around 100 people /carers with either a confirmed dementia diagnosis or with memory problems. In 2014 we instated our own dementia friendly Bus tickets for members using our Mini Bus service to activities, the tickets have proved to lessen anxiety and give reassurance.
Our HomeWard service receives many referrals from Memory services.
Our Mobile Phone Workshop encourages people with dementia to use phones as prompt tools to remind of appts by using alarms/text prompts

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

• We rely heavily on volunteers to support delivery of our activities and services.
• An ageing volunteer base requires an ongoing volunteer recruitment drive to maintain our current volunteer numbers.
• We are limited to changes we can make to our premises around signage, due to renting the building from local Church
• Our ‘ReminiSING’ singing for the memory group has limited resources/ funding streams.
• Our capacity for introducing further new activities is limited owing to an already full timetable of regular weekly activities. Therefore new activities could only be considered to be held monthly, as our premises license permits.

Member website

www.mha.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Awareness Raising

    To ensure staff and volunteers continue to receive dementia training. 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    We have had 2 dementia friendly training sessions for our staff, volunteers and trusted tradespeople, About half of all our volunteers are now demetia friends.  We will be running further sessions in the first half of 2017 with the intention that all our staff, volunteers and trusted tradespeople are dementia friends.

  • Challenge the stigma around dementia

    Promote Leeds DAA through our local community in order to work towards Horsforth becoming a dementia friendly place to live. We will do this by raising awareness to the  local community. 

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Develop a new Dementia Cafe

    To complement the existing services for people living with dementia and provide an additional activity

    Status:
    Completed

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Our dementia cafe "Smile Memory Cafe" opened in May 2016, we started very low key as we wanted to trial ideas and get feedback from volunteers who support the cafe and those attending.  We are now starting to publicse the cafe more widely and have developed a plan for every cafe in 2017 with a different theme for each one.  The cafe is held on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 10:00 - 11:30 at Central Methodist Church, Town Street, Horsforth