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Age UK Wakefield District

With a thirty year history as a registered charity promoting the well-being of all older people, we help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for as many people as possible. Influencing the way people think about ageing and the valuable contribution older people make to society, we also work in local partnerships to deliver services which meet community needs and are constantly seeking to improve and extend this role.

Updated:
18 August 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

Through reaching out to people over 50 with a diagnosis of dementia and encouraging them to join in our existing groups and access our services, whilst developing specific services and shared activities amongst peer groups for mutual support. Working with partner organisations to ensure that the voice of people with dementia in all our communities is heard and that their views help to shape our future plans and developments. By ensuring that all our services and groups are run by staff who have been trained in dementia care and that they are run in dementia friendly environments with an eye to transportation issues and navigation. By working with other providers to ensure they build in dementia friendly components to their service and group offering. By influencing policy makers through membership of numerous committees to take into account the needs of all older people including those with a diagnosis of dementia.

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

1. Prevailing stigma around dementia and the perceived barriers of communicating with people living with dementia amongst our existing and future staff and service users who may affect a participant’s experience.

2. Specialist skills required to run specific services and groups for people with dementia

3. Accessing people who are living with dementia directly through data sources available to other organisations for collaborative and integrated service delivery

Member website

www.ageukwd.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Improve understanding of Dementia amongst all our staff and current service users

    All existing staff and groups will receive a Dementia Friends Session with the opportunity to ask questions to ensure a greater understanding of the condition is achieved and clear plans established of how people living with dementia and their carers will be made to feel welcome and wanted.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Acquiring specialist skills required to run dementia friendly services and groups

    Bespoke training workshops will be developed for front line staff to identify and communicate more effectively with service users who are living with dementia and their carers through support services and within bespoke and general activity groups.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Gaining access to people with a diagnosis of dementia through existing data sources

    Working with ‘Closer to Home’ Integrated Hubs identify people who may benefit from bespoke services and peer groups plus existing mainstream groups and agreeing appropriate ways in which to engage them, compliant with prevailing Information Governance 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Further Actions

    These are our current priorities but we will develop an evolving plan of making Age UK Wakefield District ever more Dementia Friendly, including environmental audits and staff and service user engagement

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member