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Kissing It Better

Kissing it Better is a small registered charity (no.1148795), set up by Jill Fraser, working to enhance and improve patient experience in healthcare settings. We are a ‘one stop shop’ for sharing and implementing simple, imaginative, yet easily achievable ideas that can make the world of difference to patients, residents and those who care for them. We are currently working in 40 hospitals across 13 NHS Trusts and 19 care homes in the UK.

5 July 2016
South East
Arts, Health, Other, Recreation, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Medway 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?

One of our most recent projects if an intergenerational project in Kent, we worked with local students and supported them to build relationships with the residents of a local care home through working together we created the Kissing It Better Life Book App.  We are using this App within our current care homes to enable older people some with early onset dementia to tell their stories and bring their past back to life. Through this app digital life history books can be created which people are then able to read and watch, and share their stories with others. The app saves those special memories that dementia can take away, and can help re-orientate and focus people living with dementia. Anyone, including care home staff, can pick up the story and better connect with the individual concerned.  As a charity we have pledged to train all of our volunteers as Dementia Friends.

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

As with all small charities funding and sustainability are our main barriers, we have received small pockets of funding to work in Kent and are currently working on additional funding bids.

2. Actions

  • Improve awareness and understanding of Dementia.

    To offer the Dementia Friends Training to all our volunteers, this is as part of the Kissing It Better induction.  

  • Create intergenerational projects to support those living with Dementia and their loved ones.

    We are currently looking at way to get the Life Stories App out in to the community.  We are also looking at way to work with the Kent Youth Trust and any future project we hope would be designed with people living with dementia.  We believe our projects should be user led and be doing with not for.