Alicia Nursing Home
Alicia care home provides nursing care for up to 35 residents in with dementia, mental health needs, physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
- 15 September 2017
- East of England
- Local Alliances:
- Luton 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 aim to provide Service Users with a secure, relaxed and homely environment in which their care, well-being and comfort is of prime importance. Staff will preserve and maintain the dignity, safety, individuality and privacy of all Service Users, treating everyone with respect, within a warm and caring atmosphere and be sensitive to any changing needs. Such needs may be medical, psychological, cultural, spiritual, emotional and social. We seek to constantly innovate, change, improve and develop in line with our Service Users needs and be receptive to all suggestions for improvement. Service Users will be encouraged to participate in the development of their individualised person centred care
plans, and the involvement of family where appropriate will be valued. Care Plans will identify Service User’s likes and dislikes and choice will be provided wherever possible, including choice of menu, any special religious/cultural or medical dietary requirements will be catered for. We promote Service Users’ involvement and participation in how the home is run thereby empowering them to effect change.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Our main difficulties are access to funding, connecting with the local community and recruiting volunteers to engage in conversation with our residents.
Dementia Awareness and Training
We will hold a Dementia Friends Information Session in October 2017 and publicise this to staff, resident’s family and friends.
We will review the free online dementia training resources and use these to supplement face to face training and review in individual staff training plans.
Health Education England
Dementia Open Access Session
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
The Learning Location
Self assess our services use the toolkit “How Dementia Friendly is Your Care Home”
We will complete this self-assessment by the end of 2017.
Supporting access to a timely diagnosis
We ensure Mental Capacity Assessments when developing resident’s individual care and treatment support plans. We also identify residents with memory or cognitive impairment for referral to their GP for diagnosis.
We will review the DeAR-GP method for assessing residents and share with GPs current guidance on diagnosis pathways for patients in full time residential care.
We will work with the LDAA to engage with organisations that support people with learning difficulties and those with Down’s Syndrome to ensure that understanding is raised on the difficulties encountered if dementia develops on top of these pre-existing conditions to ensure that appropriate diagnosis and support is made available.
Making Community connections
We will promote local Dementia Friendly groups and activities to residents’ families and review options for our staff to accompany residents to these groups.