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The Filo Project

The Filo Project is a community interest company (not-for-profit) which provides small group day care in the community for older people. Our particular focus is on supporting clients who have symptoms and challenges associated with early to moderate dementia, however, we also benefit people with other conditions (e.g. Parkinson's, stroke, sensory loss). Our framework is designed to suit people with memory loss who are socially isolated, lacking in confidence, low in mood and self-esteem. Our model of care is both proven and popular. Not only does it positively impact significantly upon clients but carers too, who can struggle with the challenges they face day-to-day. The Filo Project offers recurring and regular respite for carers. thereby easing the demands placed upon the carer.

14 February 2019
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

 In the first instance, we provide gentle and manageable day care for people struggling with social isolation, low mood and confidence. Outcomes we regularly achieve are: increased independence, improved well-being, improvements in dementia symptoms, increase in motivation and confidence. Elements which contribute to the positive outcomes facilitated are: The length of the day (approx 6 hours) ; that clients are with the same host and group members on any day that they are with us; clients attend a minimum once a week but often twice or three times. The routine nature of the care in terms of frequency, client group and host has a stabilising effect on clients. The continuity is invaluable and allows people to make friends and flourish. The composition of the day is bespoke to the clients and is very much a collaborative experience. Consequently, a day with The Filo Project is meaningful and effective. Additionally, the service provides valuable and regular replacement care (respite) for cares often struggling to cope and in desperate need of a break.

Nationally, as an established and well-respected organisation, we are frequently approached by other organisations wanting advice on how they can deliver care similarly in their area. The result is that we positively impact upon care delivered in other parts of the country.

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

The challenge is getting our model known in a new area.

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2. Actions

  • Reducing social isolation for people living with dementia.

    The project involves people with dementia meeting up with the same small group of people and a host once a or more times a week. This provides the opportunity for friendships to develop and peer group support for everyone.

    Being implemented
  • Support provided is meaningful

    The project provides a dynamic which is suited to people living with dementia  where they can regain a sense of their identity, pride and integrity. It does this by focusing on the capacities, personalities and capabilities of a person living with dementia. The day is structured in a way that is collaborative and bespoke to all of the members of the group.

    Being implemented
  • Provide respite for carers.

    The project provides carers of people with dementia with valuable respite time from their caring role.

    Being implemented