Driving Miss Daisy Bath
Driving Miss Daisy provides a caring, safe and reliable companion and driving service for the elderly, disabled, children and anyone who is unable to drive but wishes to remain independent. A significant number of our clients are living with dementia. Our point of difference from other transportation providers is the companionship and support you get with each and every journey. Use Driving Miss Daisy for: • Getting to and from air or sea ports for your much needed holiday • Arranging and taking you to a number of appointments such as medical, hairdressers, day centres, social clubs • Organising day trips to visit places you really want to see • Assisting with social engagements with friends or a theatre trip perhaps • Supporting you taking your pets to the vets • Driving you to weddings, receptions, and funerals • Booking short breaks with a companion to support you • Safe and reliable journeys taking your children to and from their after-school activities • Much, much more
- 8 February 2019
- South West
- Care, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, GP Surgery, Health, Hospices, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local DAA Members, Social Care, Transport Sector
- 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?
A significant number of our clients are living with dementia so we have some experience with the many and various challenges that face those individuals and their carers/families. Our clients are at the centre of our service, so each job is tailored to meet each individuals' needs, delivered with compassion and respect. All of our companion drivers are Dementia Friends, our vehicles designed specifically to be memorable and we will always make enquiries with clients, carers and families to ensure we are providing the best possible support in order to make every journey/outing as pleasant, safe and stress-free as possible. Often this will mean an initial visit to introduce ourselves before undertaking the first journey. We also offer an in-home companion service. We aim to reduce loneliness and isolation, understanding that these circumstances contribute significantly to both physical and mental decline. For us to meet our aims, we must work positively with other organisations. This is important in both raising awareness of our service and in providing our staff with on-going, best practise learning opportunities.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
To ensure we are seeking and nurturing relationships with other organisations who share our desire to provide those living with dementia the support they need to live their best life. Sourcing and funding local training opportunities Seeking funding opportunities to support those in need of our service
Ensuring at least one member of our team is trained as a Dementia Champion
Provide the opportunity for a member of staff to become a Dementia Champion. Once the training is undertaken, bring the learning in-house to compliment the Dementia Friends training other staff have undertaken
- Being implemented
Raise AwarenessUse our Dementia Champion to raise awareness and encourage dementia friendly communities in all of our work
Design Dementia-Friendly Social Outings
Using our knowledge gained from on-going training, design and offer dementia friendly opportunities for days out. Consult widely with clients/families/carers to see what outings they would like to undertake. Ensure all aspects of the trip are considerate of individuals' needs.