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Rothercare and Assistive Technology

Rothercare is a community alarm service based within the Adult Care element of Rotherham Borough Council. The aim of our service is to enable individuals to live safely in their own home. In addition to the Rothercare unit and pendant we can also issue you with other sensors around your home via the Assistive Technology element of the team. The sensors can help to reduce the risks of independent living; there are times when it can be worrying being alone for the individual but also for carers and family, the Rothercare alarm can give everyone reassurance that assistance is at hand when required. Below are some of the risks that you may need to contact us about: * If you have an accident or incident inside your home e.g. Fall * If you have a medical emergency and need an ambulance or doctor * Suffer from harassment or anti-social behaviour * Are a victim of bogus callers These and many other situations cause anxiety and distress not only for the person involved but also for your family and friends. The alarm service is there to provide support and advice to put your mind at rest.

Updated:
12 August 2016
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Rotherham 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?

Rothercare & Assistive Technology can support people with Dementia to remain living independently in their own home for longer by reducing the risks of independent living using a range of personal and environmental sensors located around the home. The sensors remotely link to the Rothercare monitoring platform where assistance can be provided. These sensors can tell us if the person has left the property e.g. during the night, they may have left the cooker on, had a fall or if there is smoke/fire in the home. We can also support your family and carers and give them reassurance that help can be summoned when needed.

 

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

It is a very difficult time for Adult Care to be able to deliver services for our customers; we have an ageing population and far less money than in previous years. We have to do ‘more for less’ whilst ensuring that our customers are kept safe and enjoy a quality of life they deserve. Many of our customers want to remain in their own home for as long as possible. Rothercare and Assistive technology can enable the person to remain at home as long as it is safe for them to do so. We also need to enable our customers to be part of the community, we need to build community resources and encourage inclusion.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Training/ Dementia Friends

    Rothercare and Assistive Technology staff will compete dementia training to an appropriate level for their role – this will be reviewed and embedded into the training systems.

    All staff will become dementia friends – as many as possible by attending a DF session staff will also register as a DF online.

    Rothercare will register as an organisation on the DF website and staff will watch video clips  –1-  Dementia awareness 2 - On a phone and  3- Reading and Writing video clips as part of their dementia training.

    Staff will wear their Dementia friend’s badges as part of their uniforms

    Customer facing Guide and powerpoint will also be part of staffs Dementia training

    Status:
    Planning
  • Keeping Dementia on Rothercare’s agenda

    Rothercare will keep dementia in their agenda in staff meeting and by cascading any useful information to staff

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly Physical Environments

    Rothercare will ensure that staff have knowledge of what a dementia friendly physical environment is and gain knowledge about dementia friendly homes -Using the AZ guide

    Status:
    Planning
  • Signpost to Dementia Services

    Have knowledge and information about Alzheimer’s society services and liaise with the local office to cascade information about Rothercare and their products.

    Attend memory cafes to cascade information.

     

    Status:
    Planning
  • Become SYFR Partners – linking into the dementia project

    Ensure that all staff are aware of all the vulnerable groups ( including people living will dementia ) who would benefit from a Safe and Well check and make suitable referrals

    Engage staff in the SYRF training and make regular referrals

    Status:
    Planning
  • Become SYFR Partners – linking into the dementia project

    Ensure that all staff are aware of all the vulnerable groups ( including people living will dementia ) who would benefit from a Safe and Well check and make suitable referrals

    Engage staff in the SYRF training and make regular referrals

    Status:
    Planning
  • Use and promotion of Herbet protocol

    We will promote use of Herbert Protocol to our services users and embed the forms into our systems

    Status:
    Planning
  • Promote RDAA

    Ensure all staff know about the RDAA membership and the work of the alliance and cascade information about the work of RDAA to all relevant people to gain a greater membership and help to play a part in making Rotherham Dementia friendly .
    Status:
    Delivery