Community Dementia ServiceCommunity Dementia Service
What does it do?
We aim to ensure that every service user feels safe and comfortable during their time with us and family/carers are confident in the knowledge that their loved one is cared for in a safe caring environment while they have a much needed break and time for themselves.
The Community Dementia Service and dementia day centres are intergrated with our Community Home Care team, providing a holistic wrap around service for all customers.
All staff undertake a thorough recruitment process including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. They attend an induction programme and are expected to have or undertake a QFC in Health and Social Care.
All staff undertake mandatory training and ongoing dementia care training.
We adopt a person-centred approach to our care; all service users have an individual assessment of their needs. Family/ carers participate in developing our personalised care plan which will include how meeting basic needs such as independence, mobilising, toileting, safety, eating and drinking can be met. We consider how the service user can participate in activity which is not only meaningful to them but motivates, stimulates and relaxes whilst promoting mental well-being.
We work in partnership with other professionals who may be involved in the service users’ care and regularly review planned outcomes with both the service user their carer/ family and appropriate professionals.
Activities we can offer to service users:
- Gentle Armchair exercise
- Reminiscence therapy
- Crafts- e.g. card making, knitting
- Domestic activity – e.g. baking, kitchen tasks
- Short walks
- Board games/quizzes
- Alternative therapies- e.g. aromatherapy hand massage
- Short outings- e.g. coffee, ice creams
- My Life History work
- Newspapers and topical events
- Regular service user meetings, e.g. service users express their views and wishes
Lunch and transport are provided for a small charge.
Who it is for?
Where it is available?
How to access or apply for it:
Transport is provided by Age UK Northumberland, is fully accessible and has both a driver and an escort.
Service users are transported to and from the day centre.The most time efficient routes are used so as to keep the service user journey to a minimum.
RefreshmentsA hot drink and toast are served upon arrival, a two course lunch at lunchtime, with tea, coffee, biscuits and soft drinks available throughout the session.