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Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss is the new name for the Royal National Institute for Deaf people. Our purpose is to help people confronting deafness and hearing loss to live the life they choose. We enable them to take control of their lives and remove the barriers in their way.

30 March 2016
North East
Local Alliances:
South East & Central Northumberland 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?

We have clients who visit our drop in sessions who have dementia and we ensure that we are providing an enabling and supportive environment where the person feels valued and understood.  The hearing aid support service offered at our local drop in sessions supports people with dementia live their lives diminishing waiting times and unnecessary lengthy travel of visiting a hospital audiology department for simple re-tubing, giving batteries and information.  We visit around 17 venues across Northumberland and North Tyneside.  We also run information stands at hospitals, libraries, supermarkets and other venues.  We would like to build on our awareness and understanding of dementia.

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

Raising awareness amongst staff and volunteers and help link this to our primary business of hearing loss against other current priorities.

2. Actions

  • Build on knowledge and awareness amongst staff and volunteers about dementia

    A dementia friends session to be provided to staff and volunteers

    Initial Scoping
  • To provide an enabling environment for people with dementia and their carers to access hearing aid support and gain knowledge about hearing loss

    To ensure that people with dementia who attend the drop ins and feel safe and comfortable and unrushed

  • Awareness talk to the support groups, staff and volunteers

    A representative from the Alzheimer's Society to provide an information talk about dementia to the support groups, staff and volunteers