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Essex Dementia Care

Essex Dementia Care is a registered charity set up to provide a range of specialist services aimed at promoting activity both mentally and physically for the special needs of the person with dementia. We also provide tailored support for carers including, respite, information, and the opportunity to meet with other carers sharing similar experiences. At Essex Dementia Care we believe that life doesn’t stop with Dementia. We make sure that our services are totally focused on the individual. We listen and then respond. It is this concept of using a person’s preferred occupations to therapeutic effect, which lies at the heart of the services we provide. Aim To contribute to the health and well-being of people who have dementia and their carers by offering effective person centered support in a range of settings. Function  Providing direct care and therapeutic support for people with dementia.  Providing respite and support for carer’s.  Working in partnership with other organizations to provide a broader range of support and choice of service for people with dementia and their carer’s.  Raising public awareness of dementia related issues.

Updated:
1 March 2016
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Local DAA Members, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Pan Essex 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?

From the first point of contact and throughout the entire duration of services provision, the person with dementia is involved in creating a ‘Tailor made’ package of support. Whether the initial needs assessment results in them accessing one of our Activity Centres or our 1>1 service it is paramount that we gather as much information about the individual as possible, including their hobbies, their careers, likes & dislikes, their faith & beliefs along with anything else that makes them who they are. It is also necessary for us to engage well with their carers to ensure that they also feel well supported to continue caring. It is hoped that with our involvement, not only can we help the individual to feel that they have choices, are supported & involved in the decision made but also it can often help prevent the breakdown of the family. To deliver these outcomes as effectively as possible our service needs to grow. Our Activity Centres need to be as cost effective as possible to enable us to deliver a ‘Top quality’ service and keep the costs to the families to a minimum whilst ensuring our staff are experienced and well trained.

 

 

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

Challenges within the voluntary sector are generally familiar to all; Training can be costly, as is promoting the services that we provide. Raising the profile of the organisation is a priority as not enough people are aware of our services  – This is an ongoing challenge that we are continuously working on.

2. Actions

  • Looking at any un-met Needs of families coping with dementia

    We are eager to look at what is currently available to individuals and their families in Braintree. We need to speak to those coming into contact with families and to families themselves to assess what is important to them to try and make their lives a little easier.

    Status:
    Being implemented