Milen Care

Milen Care was established in 1988 and is a charitable organisation that is based in Batley, West Yorkshire . It is managed and directed by an annually elected Management Committee. The management committee is composed of highly skilled individuals from the community with a majority representation of user members who ensure that our services are designed to their requirements. We work in partnership with many organisations such as Kirklees Council in providing quality day care services and other preventative care measures to Asian elderly people aged 55+ with physical and mental health needs. Thus enabling them to live an independent and quality life and also provide carers a break from their caring responsibilities.

Updated:
23 January 2018
Sectors:
Care
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees 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 encourage people with dementia to maintain their independence for example by keeping notes and carrying a diary, utlising clocks which display day and the month plus keep important things in one place. The purpose behind this is to reduce confusion and anxiety.
At the centre we have professional who visit us and talk about mental health issues including dementia. By raising awareness we empower both individuals and carers.
In the past we have been involved in producing a DVD –Kal Ki Baat (remembering yesterday) in partnership with Alzheimer’s society. Members of our staff and service users took part in raising issues about dementia and the impact it can have on a family. This DVD is still viewwed by many and has been distributed on a national level. Similarly at the centre we have access to DVD’s produced by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which our service users view and are encouraged to do so. Raising awareness is key to reducing myths and improving the quality of health and well being of a person.

The DVD’s produced and viewed are in various language thus reducing barriers to communication.
At our centre we have various activities that people with dementia can enjoy. These include activities they can enjoy themselves or with others.

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

One the main challenges we encounter is people not coming forward and letting us know that their relative has dementia. Many people feel dementia is part and parcel of the aging process. Therefore they do not necessarily recognise the word dementia but only the symptoms such as forgetfulness and confusion.. Hence some people feel support cannot be provided to elderly people in such condition. Dementia is younger people is rarely discussed this maybe for various reasons i.e. low number of cases, stigma and cultural perceptions.

Funding for projects to take a more in depth look at tackling stigmas and carrying out outreach work needs to be made available. Some perceptions in cultures within the different BAME communities is unfounded and needs addressing.

Improving knowledge about dementia is key to overcoming challenges. This will require a shift in mindset for some members of the community e.g. recognise a person with dementia can lead a meaningful life albeit with some support.

How can we overcome these challenges?
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• Raise awareness of dementia to people who use our services, their carers and the community.
• organise education and training for staff and volunteers.
• make environments more dementia friendly
• Write articles in local press raising awareness on dementia and how people can support one another who suffer from such symptoms.
• Reminiscence activities are encouraged
• Reduce social isolation and encourage people who suffer from dementia to meet people. This may include visiting old friends.
• Improve knowledge about dementia and that it is progressive.
• Treat people as people with respect and dignity regardless of their symptoms
• Encourage open discussions about dementia and involve professionals to reduce misunderstandings
• Obtain support where required. This may mean from family, friends, professionals including use of appropriate assistive technology.

Member contacts

Shahed M Mayet - Manager
Al Hikmah Centre 28 Track Road Batley WF17 7AA
01924 470774
shahed@milen.org.uk

www.milen.org.uk

Member website

www.milen.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Work in partnership to raise awareness of dementia

    To work with key partners such as Al-Hikmah (BAME services) and KDAA help to raise awareness of dementia with our staff and clients, linking to local initiatives and campaigns where appropriate.
    Talks at the centre by dementia worker from MWS.
    Use of appropriate educational leaflets, websites and DVD’s.

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  • Intergenerational awareness of dementia

    To provide opportunities for schools to visit Milen Care so young people can learn about dementia and people who live with it and its affects. e.g. memory problems, confusion and disorientation

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  • Working with carers / family members

    To provide appropriate support to carers / family members in helping them manage their daily lives. This could involve sign posting carers to appropriate service providers  e.g. admiral nurse, day centres and home care providers. Other examples of support could be educational and encourage carers to attend support groups where available.

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  • Work in partnership to raise awareness of dementia

    To work with key partners such as Al-Hikmah (BAME services) and KDAA help to raise awareness of dementia with our staff and clients, linking to local initiatives and campaigns where appropriate.
    Talks at the centre by dementia worker from MWS.
    Use of appropriate educational leaflets, websites and DVD’s.

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