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Essex Dementia Care

EDC was set up to provide a range of specialist services aimed at promoting activities, health & wellbeing for the person with dementia. Our belief is that life doesn’t stop with dementia. We ensure that services are focussed on the individual. It is with this concept of using a persons preferred occupation to a therapeutic effect which lies at the heart of our service; see attached sheet

Updated:
6 May 2016
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Domiciliary Care, Health, Local DAA Members, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Braintree District 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?

From the first point of contact and throughout the entire duration of services provision, the person with dementia is involved in creating a ‘Tailor made’ package of support. Whether the initial needs assessment results in them accessing  one of our Activity Centres or our 1>1 service it is paramount that we gather as much information about the individual as possible, including their hobbies, their careers, likes & dislikes, their faith & beliefs along with anything else that makes them who they are. It is also necessary for us to engage well with their carers to ensure that they also feel well supported to continue caring. It is hoped that with our involvement, not only can we help the individual to feel that they have choices, are supported & involved in the decision made but also it can often help prevent the breakdown of the family. To deliver these outcomes as effectively as possible our service needs to grow. Our Activity Centres need to be as cost effective as possible to enable us to deliver a ‘Top quality’ service and keep the costs to the families to a minimum whilst ensuring our staff are experienced and well trained.

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

Challenges within the voluntary sector are generally familiar to all; Training can be costly, as is promoting the services that we provide. Raising the profile of the organisation is a priority as not enough people are aware of our services  – This is an ongoing challenge that we are continuously working on.

2. Actions

  • Identifying families coping with dementia & allowing easy access to our services

    Essex Dementia Care needs to develop relationships with people who are in contact with those coping with dementia, let people know what we can provide to help support them and how they can access this. We plan to raise our profile along with the needs of those living with dementia

    By providing Information Points at key venues throughout the borough of Southend over the next few months: Library, Primary Care Centres, Third Sector & Health / Social Care  Events etc.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Looking at any un-met Needs of families coping with dementia

    We are eager to look at what is currently available to individuals and their families in Southend. We need to speak to those coming into contact with families and to families themselves to assess what is important to them to try and make their lives a little easier.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Provision of appropriate User – Led services

    If we identify any un-met needs that we can realistically meet within  our current Constitution/ articles of Association and resources we will factor them into our Business Plan and address them as soon as possible.

    Status:
    Delivery, Implementation

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member