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Dementia Concern

We provide information and support services for people with dementia and their carers in the London Borough of Ealing. This includes assessment, advice & information, monitoring and support, advocacy, day care, short breaks for carers, dementia cafes, carers’ information evenings and our Carers’ Voice newsletter.

Updated:
9 July 2015
Sectors:
Charity
Local Alliances:
Ealing 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 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?

 

Our key outcomes are to: • Enable people with dementia and their carers to make informed choices about their life and situation. • Support carers in taking a break from caring. • Support people with dementia in establishing social networks, meeting people and making friends. • Enable people with dementia and their carers to participate in decision-making forums. Our role in delivering these outcomes is to provide the following services. • Assessing needs of people with dementia and their carers. • Advising and informing carers about services available, how to care more effectively for a relative or friend with dementia and how to claim appropriate benefits. • Monitoring and supporting people with dementia and their carers. • Advocating on behalf of people with dementia and their carers so that they can express their views and wishes – in the community, at Ealing General Hospital and on Jubilee Ward. • Linking in with a range of organisation and professionals to co-ordinate care and services. • Providing day care for people with dementia every weekend at the Elm Lodge and Sycamore Lodge centres. • Organising short breaks for family carers by sending Care Attendants into their homes for a few hours each week.

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

We have identified four main challenges: Providers lack awareness of the extent of services and support available locally or a clear strategy to meet needs. Some service provision may be duplicated. We have identified four main challenges: Providers lack awareness of the extent of services and support available locally or a clear strategy to meet needs. Some service provision may be duplicated. People with dementia and their carers are also often not aware of the services available locally - particularly those who are isolated. There is a need to find out the views of service users and work with them to put these forward to Commissioners and other influential people. There is an on-going problem in recruiting committed and skilled staff members who can provide the quality of services needed – both in our organisation and in the London Borough of Ealing generally. There is a lack of funding following cuts from the London Borough of Ealing and Ealing CCG over the last few years.

2. Actions

  • People with dementia lack awareness of services available locally

    We will be producing and distributing information leaflets for carers and people with dementia and updating our website. Also a summary of services for people with dementia and their carers in the London Borough of Ealing will be made available. We will continue to hold Carers’ Information Evenings and give talks to members of the public. We will be re-convening our self-advocacy group for carers and setting up a group for people with dementia.

    Status:

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Implemented