Alzheimer's Society Wirral
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia support and research organisation. We provide services, fund research and advise health and social care professionals. Working nationally and locally we campaign for improved care and greater awareness and understanding of dementia.
- 23 February 2016
- North West
- Charity, Recreation, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Wirral DAA
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?
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support, care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support for those with any form of dementia and their carers. We advise and train professionals working in the field, fund research, run quality support and care services, and campaign for improved health and social care and greater public understanding of dementia.
We work in partnership with others to ensure that support is always there for people with dementia and that people receive a timely diagnosis, that the condition is understood and that people with dementia have the same rights as other members of society. We will achieve this through funding scientific breakthroughs, strengthening communities by increasing understanding of the needs of people with dementia and the contribution of carers and striving to put an end to discrimination and stigma.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Dementia is higher on the public and political agenda than it has ever been. We have seen action across England to begin implementing the National Dementia Strategy. The task at hand now is to use that strong position and build on the momentum achieved by creating a broad church of individuals and organisations committed to action.
Public awareness of dementia is rising but understanding about dementia is poor. There is limited public appreciation that it is possible to live well with dementia and to make big differences to quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. Poor understanding is something common among the general public as well as people working in health and social care services.
People with dementia are diagnosed too late and families often report not receiving the information and support they need to begin living well with dementia. People with dementia often face social isolation and poor outcomes.
There is a limited amount of funding going into dementia research compared to other major disease groups like cancer.
In a difficult economic climate we need to clearly make the case for action on dementia to achieve better outcomes in a cost effective way.
Most importantly we need to work with people with dementia, their carers and families to understand what matters most to them in order to transform quality of life for all people living with dementia.
Cafes and groups across Wirral
Alzheimer's Society Wirral deliver services for people with dementia and their carers/family members. We have dementia cafes which meet once a month, in Floral Pavilion, New Brighton; Port Sunlight Garden Centre; Carr Farm Garden Centre, Meols; and GJ's cafe, Thurstaston. The cafes are for people affected by dementia to meet for support and socialising opportunities. We have a Singing for the Brain group, that meets in Pensby once a fortnight and this is a service for people affected by dementia to experience music for therapeutic value and enjoyment. We also have a support group for carers and an Information Course for Carers.
2016 - First Quarter Update
Dementia Support Services/Dementia Champions
We have Dementia Support Services provided by our Dementia Support Workers who offer information, support or signpost to other services if appropriate. We support people diagnosed with dementia and their families and carers. We attend events and liaise with other organisations to promote services and support for people with dementia in Wirral. The service also has Dementia Friends Champions who regularly deliver Dementia Friends sessions to people in Wirral.
2016 - First Quarter Update
Side by Side Service
This new service aims to enable people with dementia to lead more fulfilling lives and reduce isolation and loneliness. We wish to ensure that people with dementia are not excluded from services and activity and are able to remain active and involved in their communities. The service also aims to empower people with dementia to develop their own solutions and responses to meet their identified needs and wishes and to support them to identify their own personal talents, strengths and capabilities. The service will also develop and encourage community based informal support networks for people with dementia and link people with dementia and local volunteers to build networks of support and activity.