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Adults Supporting Adults

Adults Supporting Adults (ASA) is a not for profit organisation that covers the whole county of Lincolnshire. As a shared lives provider ASA offer a wide range of resources to support people who wish to remain or become part of their chosen community.

Updated:
14 April 2014
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance , Lincoln Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

  • Adults Supporting Adults (ASA) is a not-for-profit organisation that covers the whole county of Lincolnshire. As a Shared Lives provider we offer a wide range of resources to support people who wish to remain or become part of their chosen community. We work people who have a Learning Difficulty, Physical Disability, Sensory Impairment, lived experience of Mental Illness, Older Persons and also people with Dementia. Across our entire client group people may develop Dementia at any time. All of our resources are person centred and tailored to the client’s individual requirements, preserving their rights, dignity and personal choice.
  • Our evidence demonstrates that early intervention with the client and their family by our provider builds up a trusting and supportive relationship resulting in the family carer being able to continue for an extended time. The client is also mentally stimulated by having meaningful activities and social interaction with others planned around their individual needs.                                  
  •  To support our staff to understand what dementia is and how it affects individuals and their families. ASA provides a dementia awareness course to all personnel.
  • ASA have developed a variety of resources to meet individual needs in the community, such as local day services that are dementia specific and supports the person in a home setting. All of our resources offer a break/respite to the carer as well as offering a person centred service to the client.
  • All ASA resources enable our clients to maintain their independence and remain within their local community. This is through attending a resource or participating in activities/hobbies, and thus preserving their personal health/wellbeing whilst still living at home.

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

  • Clients and their carers are assessed  at crisis point by the local authority which often means that by the  time ASA are approached some clients and their carers are not able to benefit from the resource’s we offer. This is because the dementia has progressed too far and the carer has decided that residential care is the best option rather than continuing to support the client at home.                              
  • Due to the difficult economic climate, when potential clients and their carers are assessed there is a delay in the family receiving a personal budget so resources cannot be implemented immediately. This can be anything between 3 and 6 months
  • Clients and their carers are not always aware of ASA resources due to lack of knowledge and information sharing from the practitioner.
  • Carers are not always aware of the importance of supporting a person with dementia through the transition of the different stages. Carers do not realise that they need a break from their caring role and how vital it is to involve services from the onset of dementia. This allows for positive relationships to be developed, that will sustain both the client and the carer at home and in the community as the dementia progresses.

2. Actions

  • Develop services

    To continue to identify and develop services  as required within the local community.

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    In Progress

  • Train staff

    Continue to train all new staff in relation to dementia awareness.

    Status:
    Completed

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    In Progress

  • Networking with relevant agencies

    To continue to network with all relevant private/ public/ third sector organisations to make them aware of the resources ASA can offer.

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    In Progress

  • Develop new links with carer organisations

    To develop new links with carer organisations enabling them to make informed choices about the services that are available to them.

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    In Progress

  • Forming a care consortium

    To work in unison with other organisations forming a care consortium so carers and people with dementia have a single point of access to resources that meet their individual requirements.

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    In Progress

  • Be involved in any local / national strategies

    To continue to be involved in any local/ national strategies such as the Dementia working group and the National Dementia Project.

    Status:

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    In Progress

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    In Progress