Making Space Derby City Dementia Service

Making Space has been working in healthcare, support and enablement services for 30 years now – originally supporting people affected by mental health conditions. More recently the organisation has resolved to use all of the experience it has gained to extend its service to any group of people who are in need of care and support, including physical and/or mental health conditions and people with learning disabilities and dementia, AND their carers.

Updated:
28 January 2014
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire 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?      

Making Space’s Organisational Perspective:

As an organisation, dignity and respect remains the cornerstone of our approach to caring for those with dementia. The most appropriate medical, social and nursing care for each person is always followed, with the emphasis on helping to provide an enjoyable everyday life. We’ve also developed a new and innovative approach to dementia care. Our view is simple –people with dementia have a right to continue living life as they have always done...for as long as possible.

It’s an approach which can be summed up in just three words:

  • Quality
  • Lifestyle
  • Personalisation

Local Derby City Dementia Service Perspective:

  • Continue to cultivate partnership working to ensure those we support receive a streamlined, seamless service  
  • Engaging with diverse cultures across Derby City; SEWA, Hadhari Centre, Ukrainian Day Centre (in initial stages)   
  • Maintain Independence as far as possible; Information Sessions so those we support can make independent, informed choices and explore coping strategies for sustained care to remain as independent as possible for a s long as possible.
  • Respite provision to enable easier access to sessions 
  • Promote and deliver Healthy Lifestyle Choices; ‘Just for the Heart of It’ GP Surgery Information Sessions providing information on a broad range of health matters
  • Providing a variety of themed activity sessions to meet identified needs; e.g. exercise, healthy, wholesome foods
  • Daytime and evening sessions in appropriate settings; Extra Care Schemes, local venues across Derby City
  • Care Farm: mutually beneficial to carer /cared for day long therapeutic activity respite breaks
  • Hardy Group; early onset and young at heart self supporting peer support sessions
  • MAS Clinic/s cover
  • Living Well Course week’s 7 & 8  

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

Making Space’s Organisational Perspective:

  • Funding
  • Cultural/language barriers 

Local Derby City Dementia Service Perspective:

  • Stigma/Myths
  • Access Barriers; e.g. transport
  • Engaging GP Surgeries (new PCDLS should help improve this)
  • Local Authority budget cuts; reduction in partner organisations 

2. Actions

  • Maintain and develop cafes/ undertake service user led evaulation of cafes

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Continue to deliver dementia awareness sessions throughout our organisation and to new organisations/services

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Continue to develop the membership base for the Making Space Dementia Friendly Community work

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Scope the feasibility of pop up dementia cafes and their impact on local diagnosis rates

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Develop a 'service user led design' to the dementia friendly garden and promote its use

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • To develop local dementia action alliances

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • To continue to work with other organisations to create services with reflect the needs of the clients

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Maintain and develop services for hard to reach groups

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress