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The Lantern Community

We create life-enhancing opportunities for adults with Learning Disabilities who value and support each other to achieve their full potential by living, learning and working together.

8 September 2015
Care, Retail
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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?

The Lantern Community provides accommodation, a range of sheltered work experiences, shops and a café which are accessible to people who have learning disabilities. We welcome all members of the public to visit and enjoy the facilities, aiming to be inclusive of all needs.


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

Some adults who have learning disabilities are likely to develop dementia in later life and we want to be ready to meet their needs. Members of the Lantern Community will need to learn from those who are already supporting people with dementia so that we can prepare to meet the future needs of adults already living and working in the Lantern Community.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness raising for staff

    Ensure all customer facing staff are dementia aware

  • Promoting use of our facilities by people who have dementia

    Access to the gift shop, bakery, café and walks in the rural estate are all available to the general public and we will raise awareness of this via the local DAG.

    Being implemented
  • Further training for key staff and decision makers

    A significant proportion of the adults with learning disabilities who live within the Lantern Community are thought to be at high risk of developing dementia.  We aim to learn how to develop the facilities on the site so as to best meet the needs of people with dementia.

    Being implemented
  • Supporting our staff to attend the local Dementia Action Group during their working hours so as to learn at first hand from those with experience.

    Our staff are experienced in meeting the present needs of the people they support but will need direct experience of the special requirements which dementia may bring in addition to existing learning disabilities.

  • Supporting our staff to contribute to activities arranged by the local Dementia Action Group during their working hours so as to gain direct experience which they can bring to supporting the members of and visitors to the Lantern Community in future.

    Participating in activities will be the most effective learning for our staff. We also hope that this will support visits to the Lantern Community by people who have dementia. This will gradually increase awareness and understanding among the adults who have learning disabilities so that they will be better able to support each other in future.


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