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South Northants Homes

South Northants Homes is part of Grand Union Housing Group and although it provides General Housing stock it also has a specialist team who support vulnerable people living in the community under its 'Encourage' brand. The accommodation offered includes traditional retirement housing schemes, Extra Care schemes and an Assisted Living scheme specifically for people living with dementia and their partners. We also have a dedicated assistive technology team who have a vast knowledge of electronic devices to support people to live independently in their own home.

Updated:
29 January 2019
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Housing Sector
Local Alliances:
Northamptonshire 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?

SNH provide support via a menu where individuals can choose how many visits they have and on what day. There is a range of equipment available to meet individual need which is installed at a time to suit the customer. Our staff, board members and people living in the community receive and deliver dementia friends awareness sessions to raise awareness of Dementia and how people living in our communities could be supported better. We are now rolling out Virtual Dementia tour training to staff across the group to again assist staff with their understanding of dementia and how customers can be better supported.SNH have good local community connections and would look to develop a more localised alliance in South Northamptonshire working with raising awareness with local businesses, statutory organisations and residents. We have a specialist Dementia Assisted Living scheme where couples can continue to live in their own home whilst having access to support from a dedicated on-site 24 hour care team, this allows everyone to have their own personal time.We have a number of schemes with communal space that is available for the community and groups to use. We would like to increase the use of these spaces to support people living with dementia and their carers and would be happy to work in partnership with other organisations to develop this further.

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

One of the challenges is lack of funding for new initiatives across the county.Lack of available volunteers to assist with running new initiatives. Transport for people to be able to get to groups. Time for networking to encourage other organisations to be involved. 

2. Actions

  • Increase Dementia Friends and continue to raise awareness of Dementia

    To continue to run a programme of Dementia Friends Awareness sessions for all GUHG staff, board members, residents and the wider community. To make sure that all new staff receive Dementia Awareness at induction in to their new role with the organisation.To make sure that front line staff attend virtual dementia tour training sessions.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    We have first sessions booked for Virtual Dementia Tour sessions.Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions are ongoing. 

  • To ensure our public buildings are dementia friendly

    To carry out an audit of all of our public buildings including scheme communal areas and our offices to ensure they are as dementia friendly as possible.To programme in the works required to ensure this is completed. 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    First audit has been completed, to now assess costs.

  • Increase the use of space for groups/activites for people living with dementia and/or their carers

    To work with other organisations to develop appropriate groups and activities for people living with dementia and/or their carers.Promote the space we have with appropriate organisations. 

    Status:
    Planning