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Way Ahead Care

Way Ahead Care provide Domiciliary care and support to adults across the BANES area. We provide a range of care and support services, from personal care, domestic, shopping, sitting and social support services. We strongly believe in the importance of enabling people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and remain in control of their lives. We provide personalised packages of care and support which are tailored to the individual.

Updated:
1 February 2019
Location:
South West
Sectors:
Care, Domiciliary Care, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Bath & North East Somerset

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?

Way Ahead Care involve people who use our services from the outset - the person with Dementia is enabled to have the maximum input they desire in the creation of their personalised care plan. The critical values of choice and control are enshrined in our induction and ongoing training. People are able to make their choices which are respected by care staff. People are supported to access appropriate healthcare services as required, and are supported to make sense of their world. Carers undergo Dementia awareneess training. People have a care team who get to know them and learn about what they want and need in their life. Carers take the time to get to know people and what is important to them. Wherever possible, people are supported to access their community, interact with friends and family and feel good about themselves. Carers treat people with respect, dignity and kindness. 

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

Significant challenges include staff recruitment - it is increasingly difficult in the current climate to find sufficient numbers of good care staff. Whilst Way Ahead does provide Dementia training, the process of ensuring that training is implemented in daily practice is time-consuming and sometimes not always operationally easy. It can be challenging at times to relay to families the need to have patience and understanding with people living with Dementia.  

Member website

www.wayaheadcare.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Raising awareness

    Way Ahead Care shall continue to deliver Dementia training to all care staff, and from Autumn 2018, shall be offering training to relatives of people living with Dementia too. 

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Assistive technology

    Way Ahead Care will support people living with Dementia to find out more about Assistive Technology and how it could better enable them to live more independent lives. 

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Slow Shopping

    Way Ahead Care will continue to support and promote the Slow Shopping initiative, which encourages local shops to adopt a 'quiet time' for people living with Dementia and other conditions, enabling them to do their food shop in a peaceful, calm and low arousal environment. Some supermarkets in BANES have already adopted this scheme, including Morrison's in Bath.
    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Advocacy partnership

    Way Ahead Care shall work alongside Swan Advocacy to raise awareness of Living Well Plans and their benefit for people living with Dementia. This information can then be passed onto to people we support and their families. 

    Status:
    Being implemented