National Dementia Action Alliance Newsletter December 2018
For the December edition of the National Dementia Action Alliance newsletter we've got further details on our annual conference and can reveal the agenda is now available. We've also got a new podcast this time with Dawne Garrett from the Royal College of Nursing, as well as updates on submissions for our Annual Report and details of a new member of the NDAA in Unforgettable. There are also updates from NDAA members RemindMecare, British Society of Gerodontology, National Dementia Audit, Alzheimer's Society, CQC and NICE.
The agenda is now available for the NDAA annual conference 2019 which will take place on Wednesday 6 February. It features sessions focussed around learning from people living with dementia and carers to fully inform the work being carried out by our members in dementia care and research. The agenda also includes an update on the Dementia 2020 Challenge, a session focussed on influencing central and local government and workshop sessions in the afternoon. The event is free to attend for members and there is a fee for non-members. To see the full agenda click below.
We're delighted to announce that Unforgettable have joined the National Dementia Action Alliance as a new member. Unforgettable was established in 2015 by James Ashwell, a young entrepreneur who, whilst caring for his mother, living with frontotemporal dementia, had experienced the life-changing benefits of a range of products that enabled her to enjoy activities and remain independent and active for longer than would otherwise have been possible. Unforgettable provide a marketplace of products & services for people with dementia. NDAA members can also get a 10% discount by quoting code DAA10. For full details click below
We spoke to Simon Hooper of RemindMecare about their plans for 2019. Those include an Alexa integrated in room care system, Electronic Life Records and integrations with care planning software and hardware such as a sensory table and free apps for home care. Simon also explained how RemindMecare came about and how the organisation supports people living with dementia.
The Department of Health and Social Care has asked Alzheimer’s Society to produce a web-based “toolkit” (a guide filled with stories, tips and tools) to help health and care organisations improve by using feedback from people living with dementia. The need for this resource was identified through round table discussions by the Department of Health’s Meaningful Care Experience and Satisfaction Measures Task and Finish group. These are set up to deliver aspects of the health and care part of Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020. Suitable submissions include case studies or links to useful resources around good practice in health and social care settings. Click below for full details.
For our latest NDAA podcast we caught up with Dawne Garrett who is the Professional Lead for Older People and Dementia Care at the Royal College of Nursing. Dawne is a member of our Dementia-Friendly Hospitals Charter Taskforce and has been a long term collaborator with the NDAA. We spoke to Dawne about what her role with the RCN involves and her career to date as well as the work she has been involved in with the task force. We also asked about a presentation Dawne gave at the UK Dementia Congress on Sexuality, intimate relationships and sex in care homes aswell as her thoughts on the dementia care
NDAA Action Plans and Annual Report submissions required urgently
If you haven't submitted your action plan or achievements for the annual report 2019 time is running out!
All members need to submit a new action plan for the year ahead. Members also have the chance to submit achievements from the past year and a selection of those will be featured in the report. You should have received emails on how to submit your Action Plan or Annual Report submission. If you haven't received that please contact us at NDAA@alzheimers.org.uk.
Or to find out more about what your organisation has submitted email us by clicking below.
The British Society of Gerodontology have a selection of updated commitments. These include:
Commitment 1 relates to the Dementia Statement around Care which states:
We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future.
British Society of Gerodontology will deliver:
Improved Oral Health for older People
They will do this by continuing to provide and encourage through awareness and education to dental teams and organisations across UK the need for improved oral health care and dental services for people living with dementia.
See this as well as other updated commitments from the British Society of Gerodontology by clicking below.
Other NDAA news - click for details
NDAA member NICE release new guide for people with dementia & their family & carers for discussing and planning support after diagnosis
Congratulations to all our members who won at the National Care Awards including Southern Healthcare, HC-One, Hallmark Care Homes and Country Court Care Homes
The Care Quality Commission are collecting case studies to share experiences of care & raising concerns about care that you or a loved one received
The National Audit of Dementia project team would like to showcase artwork by people with dementia and are running a competition
Alzheimer's Society have launched a dementia-friendly insurance guide to help businesses support staff & customers living with dementia
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