Home Instead Senior Care - Darlington

Specialising in non-medical care of older people in their own homes, Home Instead Senior Care provides that precious gift of freedom; ensuring older people remain free to stay at home where they’re most happy and comfortable; giving their families freedom to relax in the knowledge that their loved ones are in safe hands. From one hour a day up to 24 hours 7 days a week we provide a full care service to match the needs of the individual, these include, companionship, home help and personal care services.

4 December 2015
North East
Care, Health
Local Alliances:
Darlington Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia Alliance, Hambleton Dementia Action Alliance, Richmondshire 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?

Home Instead offers free training to family carers. We run a 3 hour workshop once a month at our office in Lingfield Point. Focusing on areas such as; Capturing Life’s Journey, Techniques to Manage Behaviours and Activities to Encourage Engagement. Each section includes ideas and suggestions that will help the participant to look after the family and themselves. These workshops are available to everyone in the community, they do not have to be clients of ours.

The director has trained as a Dementia Champion and has delivered approx. 30 Dementia Friends sessions and is more than willing to do more.

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

Other professionals are not willing to share information about the Family workshops we run, even though they’re free and there aren’t any conditions attached.

Delivering Dementia Friend sessions often has challenges regarding the use of premises. Most groups want a rental fee for their premises.

2. Actions

  • Alzheimer’s Family Care Workshops

    Director to continue to promote these sessions locally. Workshops dates to be sent out in advance to other professional groups, for example, Social Workers, GP Surgeries.

    Delivery, Implementation
  • Dementia Friends

    Director to continue raising the awareness of dementia through these sessions and running them at Lingfield Point where necessary, where there will be no costs to community groups