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The Southend on Sea Darby & Joan organisation

The Southend on Sea Darby & Joan Organisation is a charity founded in 1947 for the sole purpose of providing care and support to the elderly of Southend and the surrounding districts. The organisation currently run two care homes for the elderly. Both homes are situated in Westcliff on Sea. Our staff are trained to a high standard in caring for the elderly and also caring for our residents who are living with Dementia. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible care in a friendly and informal environment.

10 September 2019
East of England
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford 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?

Our aim is to provide the best possible care and attention in a friendly and informal home. To help our residents live as full a life as they wish and toensure individuality, dignity and freedom of choice is maintained and respected at all times.  Working in partnership with SBC to create a Dementia friendly community to maintain continuity in the transition from home to care. The use of the Dementia sensory garden amongst residents, community groups and the general public

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

Funding obtaining a fair rate for the cost of care to ensure safe and effective care

Awareness of Dementia and its challenges amongst family and friends of residents and the wider community

Maintaining effective communication amongst staff in relation to aims and objectives of Southend Dementia Action Alliance

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2. Actions

  • Specialist Sensory Dementia Garden

    The Dementia sensory garden was designed and built specifically for the residents of St Martins and our sister home Sandringham.  Whilst being for the residents we also open the garden monthly for the use of the wider community.  The local Alzheimer’s group utilise the garden monthly.  We will be running horticulture groups for our residents.


    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The Sensory garden continues to devlop and evolve at St Martins.   We continue to work withthe Equal Arts project and  have 4 chickens all named by our residents and craft activities focused around the chickens take place each week with a volunteer.

    We continue to welcome visitors to our garden, we have had visits from 4 care homes from the surrounding area. 

    The horticulture groups which have been run in partnership with Growing Together have been a huge hit with the residents and have seen residents who don’t ususally like to join in with activities really get involved.  This has also been a great activity for our male residents.

  • Funding

    To maintain good relationships with local authority with regarding funding and opportunities to be boost funding.  Being part of the Southend Dementia Action Alliance will support this and will also give the organisation the opportunity to attend meetings, gain support from other members and widen networks.


    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have also forged links with Aged Concern and continue to maintain a good working relationship with the local authority.

  • Increase awareness of Dementia to Relatives and staff teams

    We aim to increase the awareness and understanding of Dementia by hosting Dementia friends sessions within our two care homes.  These sessions are open to residents friends and families.  We will also encourage staff members to attend these sessions to further develop their knowledge and understanding.

    Being implemented

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    During 2017 we held 2 sessions of Dementia Friends within St Martins care home.  Both sessions were well recieved by relatives and staff team