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Stanley Court, Marsh, Supported Accommodation (Anchor)

At Anchor, our passion is giving older people a choice of great places and ways to live. We provide housing to rent for people over 55 at over 700 locations across England, as well as homes for leaseholders in managed estates. Anchor runs around 100 care and nursing homes, including several specialist dementia homes for people with higher care needs. Stanley Court retirement housing scheme in offers 28 one bedroom purpose-built properties for rent for people over the age of 55. The property is situated close to Huddersfield and has excellent transport links to the town centre and Bradford. The local shops are within walking distance and include supermarkets, a post office, bakery, hairdressers and cafes. There is a doctor's surgery within easy walking distance and other amenities include opticians, a dental practice and Greenhead Park. Stanley Court offers social activities including coffee mornings, bingo and exercise classes.

8 October 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Housing Sector
Local Alliances:
Kirklees 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?

We show absolute commitment to supporting and empowering all our customers including those living with a dementia.  We aim to empower people living with dementia by educating staff effectively and enabling staff to signpost customers and family to community sources of additional support and information.

At Stanley Court we support people to live independently for as long as possible.  To enable us to do this we need to raise awareness of dementia with all our clients to enable them to understand the behaviors that individuals who may have dementia display.  This will promote understanding, support and encourage other who may have concerns regarding memory issues to discuss and seek help demystifying the stigma that is often associated with dementia.

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

There is still much stigma attached to Dementia and the behaviours it demonstrates. People can be fearful of discussing the illness and tend to shy away from the realities. Often people are unsure of how to deal with others who have dementia.  I would like to raise awareness not only in Stanley Court but in the local area and communities.

We can help overcome these challenges by:        

• Raising awareness of dementia to customers, people who use our service, and our community

• Organising education and training for staff and volunteers

• Organising events for customers and local communities

• Making environments more dementia friendly.

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of dementia

    We will raise awareness of dementia so that our tenants are aware of how dementia affects individuals.   We will do this by offering dementia friends awareness sessions in our communal space to all our tenants.

    Train a member of our volunteer team to be a Dementia Friends Champion to enable is to deliver dementia friends sessions as required.

    We will hold events and invite speakers to our scheme meetings from Alzheimer’s Society, KDAA and relevant organisations to promote better understanding and raising awareness of dementia and early detection.

    Produce articles, displays and promote awareness of dementia in our newsletters. 

  • Promote a Dementia Friendly Community

    As many of our tenant’s access the local shops we plan to extend dementia awareness to the local community by inviting local shops and organisations to the sessions that are held at Stanley Court creating a dementia friendly community and supporting local shops to also become dementia friendly.

    Participate in national and local events such as Dementia Awareness Week, inviting local businesses and organisations to participate in the development of local  events and involvement in dementia initiatives as a community partnership.