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Adventure with Dementia

As dementia training specialists derived through many years of practice, our exciting approach provides adventurous and engaging learning and development opportunities to improve the lives of people living with dementia and the people who support them.

Updated:
7 May 2018
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Care, Community organisations, Domiciliary Care, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Worcestershire 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?

Our learning and development programmes have been created with the professional carer in mind with the objective to self reflect in order to appreciate the importance of key life aspects for those living with dementia. These are being adapted to share within communities as far as we are able. Aimed at carers who directly care and support family and loved ones within their localities. Providing an opportunity for sharing problems and suggested solutions as well as offering some of our learning material as a potential toolkit.

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

Resources and time for family carers and the opportunity for respite to attend support groups. Learning and development is critical for professional carers and whilst dementia awareness training is on the increase, this does not mean it provides the skills for someone to support often complex and emotional needs. Care providers investing in quality specific training to improve skills, knowledge and confidence in the workforce.

2. Actions

  • Community Workshops

    We have approached local authorities and charities to work in partnership to support with identifying current groups and areas where there are potential gaps. 

    Once these are identified, venues to be sourced and events to be be planned

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Empowering Care Teams to Make a Difference

    The development of our values improvement programme creates an innovative approach to help care providers deliver a structured and measurable pathway to service excellence. Through a collaborative approach, team members in care homes become confident in their service delivery and in their ability to challenge practice where necessary. 

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Accessing the Community

    People living with dementia in care homes far too often lose contact with the communities around them.

    We want to increase both opportunity and experience by connecting care homes with their community services. This will help in the awareness raising of dementia and engage intergenerational relationships.

    Connecting with groups, schools, clubs and general community services we will facilitate improving access for people living in care homes and promote care homes as a centre within the communities. 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping