The Carers Hub provides a space for carers to have time out to themselves away from their caring role. The hub offers the opportunity for carers to take part in health and wellbeing activities some of which are open to loved ones attending also. The hub is a place where carers can meet other carers, access information and support. The carer’s hub is a service within Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust. The organisation is a provider of award winning, high quality mental health, community and learning disability services that look after the 'whole person'. Caring for their physical and mental health needs. We work with individuals, their carers and our partners, to ensure that people get the right care, in the right place with the right support.
- 23 November 2016
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Bradford District 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?
Staff working within the carers hub come into contact with many carers and service users. Carers who maybe looking after with someone with dementia or who may also have a diagnosis of dementia them selves. If staff at the hub are dementia aware they will be better equipped to deal with difficult conversations and will know where best to access support for carers. If staff feel more confident speaking to someone caring for someone with dementia and feel they have something to offer them this should make the carer feel at ease with them.
We provide a physical space so it is important that our environment can provide a space which is as dementia friendly as possible in which service users and carers can relax.
We will reassess the space on a regular basis to keep it up to date with any news information relating to dementia friendly environments.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
As with many public sector services budget constraints are a big challenge and in an ideal world we would implement all recommendations.
Our organisation has over 3000 members of staff so delivery dementia awareness training to all members would be a massive task. We will ensure any staff working in the carers hub will undertake dementia awareness training
The space we occupy is a rented space and we have limitations on what we can do to the space itself and the shared spaces such as reception area and toilet areas.
Increase Dementia awareness amongst Staff and Volunteers at the carers hub
Description: Emma Holmes has enrolled on the Principles of Dementia level2 2 at the local college and aims to complete this by March 2017. Emma Holmes, hub secretary and Pat Rhodes a carer’s hub volunteer will attend Dementia Champion training enabling them to cascade information and awareness of dementia to staff and carers. At our next team away day in May 2017 the dementia action alliance will hold an information session so staff are more dementia aware.
- Being implemented, Planning
2016 - Fourth Quarter Update