Erewash Borough Council

A local district council with award winning leisure and cultural facilities.

Updated:
21 September 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Erewash 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?

When delivering services at a local level we can ensure that they are provided in a way that supports residents, visitors and their carers and families.  These services should not create barriers and should demonstrate our understanding of the needs of individuals within the community.

Within the organisation we will have "dementia friends" to ensure that we support our customer facing staff to understand the needs of people with dementia and to suport those who care for them.

We will work with partners to ensure that we promote the work we do and lead the community to provide a dementia friendly society.

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

As services become digital the reduction in face to face facilities may impact on the safe places residents and visitors feel that they can access.

The remoteness of the digital age may mean that many residents can live their lives at a distance for a greater lenght of time, increasing the chance of social isolation and increasing the need for crisis management.

Member website

www.erewash.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Look at the activities provided by the borough council to see if they can specifically target dementia support groups and carers in the community.

    We provide a number of activities based at our 4 leisure centres but it may be possible to develop a programme of activities that can be delivered to smaller groups in the community. Physical activity improves the quality of life for people with dementia at all stages of the condition and can be provided to include carers. Develop the work of the Arts Development Team who already work with residents in their own home as part of the "Art at the Heart of Wellbeing" programme.

    Status:
    Investigating

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    The Arts Development team, thanks to funding from Big Kirk Hallam have been working with local artists to develop activities for residents who are 50+ and at risk from social isolation.

    Some activities have been held in care homes and has included residents living with dementia.  A local artist will work with a group of residents on a 1:1 basis and the benefits of these activities have been reported by residents and family members who visited whislt the activities were being held.

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    The museum have identified separate actions of their own, so these will be recorded and monitored separately.

  • Improved signage in the council's leisure centres

    The council has 4 leisure centres and this action will result in dementia friendly signs being used in all of the centres.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Action

  • Training of Sports and Lesiure staff

    Two of the Sports and Leisure team are "Dementia Friends Champions" and they will deliver training to front line sports and leisure staff to increase the number of "dementia friends", within the service.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    The arranged session had to be re-arranged and is still to take place

  • Erewash Museum - to be a dementia friendly venue

    To review the signage used at the museum and have front of house staff become "Dementia Friends"

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Action

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Action

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Action

  • To develop and deliver dementia friendly resources

    Use reminiscence boxes which will be available to use on site and for hire, for a small fee – possible themes include holidays, working life, home life, shopping and various photo packs based around key areas of the borough such as Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Sandiacre, Borrowash etc.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Action

  • Museum Service - To provide ‘Reading Well’ books on prescription for information on dementia

    The books have been purchased, these now need to be marketed to the local GP practices and establish a lending procedure

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Action