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Everyoneactive Plympton Swimming Pool (Part of SLM Ltd)

We are a swimming pool leisure centre which is part of a larger organisation under contract to run this community facility on behalf of Plymouth City Council. We have a 25m pool, with a disabled hoist or steps into the pool, we provide public swimming, swim lessons and club use. Our company aim is to get everyone doing 5 x30 minutes of activity per week.

28 October 2016
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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 can provide a public but supportive setting in which those with dementia and their carers can interact with colleagues and the public helping to prevent or ease social isolation. The experience can also help maintain independence through both the beneficial effects of exercise, social interaction and engagement with staff on their health and wellbeing.

Visiting the centre and taking part will help develop their role in the community and give them an aspect of civic life, the specific session we will be offering will take into account their needs.

People with dementia and their carers will also be around others with the same condition and so will benefit from the support, advice or experiences shared by others.

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

Better understanding of dementia  and knowing what adjustments would need to be made to provide the best experience we can to support peoples'  needs.

Getting all colleagues knowledgeable and comfortable with the session for those with dementia.

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2. Actions

  • To have designated dementia friendly swimming sessions on Friday mornings on the September to Easter timetable.

    To have designated sessions on a Friday morning from September to Easter running between 10am to 12 noon. This session will just be available to people with dementia and their carers. It will be a quiet and gentle session. If all goes well we will look at extending this into the summer months i.e. from Easter to the summer holidays.

  • Arranging awareness sessions for staff.

    We would like to arrange awareness sessions for all our staff on site. This will help to provide a better service and raise awareness. this will be offered to all front of house, lifeguards and duty managers so they have a better understanding of dementia.

  • Dementia friendly assessment of our building.

    We will agree to have an assessment of our building done. We would like to make reasonable adjustments to make a visit to our centre safer, enjoyable and comforting. We would welcome any advice on this matter.