See Change in Dementia Care CIC
We are a Community Interest Company delivering dementia care training to a wide range of organisations. We have trained extensively with the Alzheimer’s Society and with Dementia Care Matters, and keep up to date by attending national and local conferences and subscribing to journals.
- 17 May 2013
- South West
- Communication, Other
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers.
We are a Community Interest Company delivering dementia care training to a wide range of organisations. We have trained extensively with the Alzheimer’s Society and with Dementia Care Matters, and keep up to date by attending national and local conferences and subscribing to journals. We believe in offering in depth person centred training in order to ensure that all those involved in providing care to those with memory problems understand their needs and provide the best care possible.
Since 2009 we have also designed and provided “community workshops” for carers, friends, neighbours and other in the community who could find themselves in the role of supporting a person with dementia. we try to provide these at low cost or free if we can gain sponsorship.
We provide training not only to organisations providing care, such as care homes and care agencies, but to advocacy services and carer organisations, and have also reached out to a wider audience by designing training for solicitors and financial advisers, for example.
We also have a campaigning role and have spoken on radio and television on a number of occasions (four times in the last week for example) speaking out on the need for understanding of dementia and for improvements in the quality of care.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
This question is to allow you to set out some of the key challenges to delivering for people with dementia from your organisation’s perspective. For example, a Royal College might state the challenge on its members understanding about dementia. A training body might say that there is no agreement on what a core curricula should be. (Word limit of 150 words).
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The main challenge is the unwillingness of organisations to allocate sufficient resources for in-depth training. Those providing care seem to rely increasingly on online and DVD-type training to minimise cost. Whilst this may add to staff’s knowledge and improve their understanding of dementia, it is unlikely to make a real difference to the quality of life experienced by those they care for. The other challenge is the need for real leadership in dementia care. The whole culture of organisations need to change and be led from the top otherwise the impact of any training can be lost.
The other challenge is individuals and communities facing their fear of dementia, dispelling the myths, and understanding appropriate ways of responding to people who have memory problems. This can be in their family or in their work role.
Raise awareness od dementia
We recently organised a public meeting in Bath (February 21st 2013) which attracted nearly 100 people to raise awareness of dementia, inform and hopefully inspire the community to become a dementia friendly community. We will continue with this work.
A series of community and carer workshops for family carers, friends, neighbours of people with memory problems in Bath
We are running a series of community and carer workshops for family carers, friends, neighbours of people with memory problems in Bath in March 2013 and also will be completing a series in Chippenham, Wiltshire. We will be talking to local authorities and health care providers as well as business sponsors to support this initiative in other communities
Dementia Friendly Community Project
We will continue to work in partnership with a number of other organisations on the Bath and North East Somerset as a Dementia Friendly Community project and do everything we can to further this project throughout 2013.
Highlight the need for quality training
We will continue to respond to media requests for interviews which highlight the need for quality training, for quality of care, for support for family carers. We have spoken on several local on radio stations, the national BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and BBC TV News 24 on two occasions about the need for quality care and quality of life for people with dementia.
A play based on personal experience of loved ones with dementia
We are writing a play based on personal experience of loved ones with dementia and working with a theatre project to produce drama highlighting the issues and challenges of having dementia and caring for a person with dementia with a view to production in 2014
To undertake leadership training
Through these various actions we hope also to encourage care homes and other providers to undertake leadership training and in depth training of their entire care team.
Carer charities and partnerships
We are expanding our provision of training to carers through carer charities and partnerships.
To bring training to a wider range of organisations
We will continue to bring training to a wider range of organisations. We have trained solicitors and financial advisers, advocacy services and moving and handling trainers for example. We are also targeting businesses such as retailers, bus services, taxi firms etc suggesting that they provide dementia awareness training to their staff and management.