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Memory Lane Cafe

The Bromley Dementia Support Hub runs a regular dementia café providing a relaxed, informal setting for people with dementia and their family, friends and carers. The Memory Lane Café is a chance to make friends with other people from Bromley living with dementia, share and talk about interests and life experiences. The café runs many activities for carers and people living with dementia.

Updated:
4 December 2017
Location:
London
Sectors:
Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Bromley 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 provide a safe and fun weekly space which is designed to help the person with dementia to live well. The Memory Lane Cafe enables people with dementia and their family and friends to be included in their local community. For example, after the cafe ends their is the option for our guests to stay in the building and move next door to a commercial cafe for lunch together should they so wish.

The Memory Lane Cafe offers free access to dementia support for Bromley residents and their carers from dementia professionals.

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

The Borough of Bromley has the largest number of people diagnosed with dementia than any other London Borough.

Identify where the tension points are in delivering first class care and support and finding the solutions and resources to meet these gaps.

2. Actions

  • All the cafe's guests will be offered access to professional dementia support or signposted to their nearest local services.

    At the weekly sessions the average attendance is 42 guests per week.

    The two staff and 8 volunteers will ensure that all new guests are welcomed and are spoken to by a member of the Dementia Support Hub.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • The team at the Memory Lane cafe will raise Dementia Awareness.

    All  eligible carers at the cafe will be signposted to the Borough's free dementia training.

    Community dementia awareness events will be promoted and offered to all our cafe guests.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • The Memory Lane Team will ensure that those guests with dementia are consulted and given access to new initiatives.

    The Borough is looking to adopt the Herbert Protocol.

    We are also looking at a new medi-alert scheme to keep those with the diagnosis safe in our community.

    We are also introducing the 'Red Bag' Scheme into the Borough.

    We are assessing various assistive technologies.

    The cafe with its large weekly number of guests (av 42) will be consulted with at every stage and feedback given to relevant bodies.

    Status:
    Being implemented