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Age UK West Sussex Brighton & Hove

Our vision, a world in which older people flourish. Our mission, to improve the lives of older people in West Sussex. We are a charity and a social enterprise driven by the needs and aspirations of people in later life. We share the vision and the mission with a federation of organisations nationwide and with Age UK, the largest organisation working for older people in the UK. We area Brand Partner with Age UK

30 December 2020
South East
Charity, Local DAA Members, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Chichester Dementia Action Alliance, Crawley Dementia Alliance, Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance, Horsham District Dementia Action Alliance, Bognor Dementia Action Alliance, Adur Dementia Action Alliance , Burgess Hill Dementia Action Alliance, East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance, Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, Arun District Dementia Action Alliance , Selsey 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?

Age UK West Sussex action plan: to address the seven outcomes that the DAA is seeking to achieve for people living with dementia and their carers.   We are committed to providing training for all frontline and back office staff. To improve our procedures and responses eg. improved individual reviews with clients and their carers, an improved dementia friendly environment in day centres, better communication strategies, better active listening to clients to capture their views and wishes with regard to their care and support etc.  As an organisation which works closely with a range of organisations across the county, we are aware of the needs of people with dementia and also aim to improve the provision of appropriate services for them.

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

Dementia is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and there are actions we can all take that delay the onset of cognitive decline. We want to increase the number of “active ageing” activities available to older people in West Sussex so that more older people are encouraged and supported to take up regular activity, which improves physical and mental well-being. There is also a need to tackle growing isolation of older people through the development of projects that bring people together.

2. Actions

  • To provide the service from an environment which is safe, welcoming and dementia friendly

    Staff and Volunteers who actively work with Dementia undertake a higher level of Dementia training.

  • To provide all staff with Dementia Awareness Training

    All staff as part of their mandatory training upon joining Age UK West Sussex, will be required to undergo dementia awareness training. Those staff working in direct contact with dementia through our services, will be expected to undergo a higher level of commitment

  • We will provide relevant information, advice and support to people with dementia and their carers.

    Our day centres throughout West Sussex are provided with information on dementia services in the area both from AWS and other organisations such as the Alzheimers Society. We will continue to be a base for the Alzheimers Society support group.

    Leaflets and information on services are displayed in the reception area of day centres