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Allerdale Memory and Later Life Service

Specialist Community Based Memory Assessment Service offers an individualised comprehensive assessment of new or suspected memory problems, including those with a diagnosis of Dementia, and people in later life who have anxiety, depression, or psychosis made more complex by physical health needs. This assessment will be in a variety of settings including the person's home. GP Surgery, care home, clinic or hospital setting, dependent on the individual's need and choice, offering a range of evidence based specialist interventions.

18 July 2017
Local Alliances:
Workington Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)

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?

The environment we live in can either enable us to engage in our meaningful daily activities or create barriers preventing us from participating in valued roles. Within the Memory and Later Life Service we understand the impact some of these barriers have on individual's living with a diagnosis of Dementia and their families and the difference that even small changes can make. We have evaluated as a team the service we offer and identified three achievable actions which have been raised from working daily with individuals and families.

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

Action 1: Protected time for staff to review appropriate information, leaflet will need to be approved from the service line prior to distribution and agreed across Cumbria.

Action 2: Gaining access to the training and enabling staff to attend the training.

Action 3: One location and availability of staff to support on one day a month. Transport availability in the area.

2. Actions

  • Increase knowledge and reduce stigma

    What we are going to do: Produce / update services leaflets to support individuals, family and community to understand the role of the service, increase knowledge and awareness within the community and reduce stigma.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of being a dementia friend

    What we are going to do: Appoint two dementia champions within the team which may be implemented within the CHESS rolling programme training, to enable care home staff to become dementia friends if they choose to. This will raise awareness of continuing to make a commitment to support individuals in the community.
  • Promote awareness of services offers to support careers.

    What we are going to do: Currently the service offers a careers support group in partnership with Age U.K and the Allerdale Memory and Later Life Service, providing advice and support. Utilise information given to individuals during the diagnosis process. Staff members to promote the group when to families and inform them of the purpose of the group. Send information to appropriate community services.