Yorkshire Housing pledges support to make York dementia friendly
Published by Kathy Burke for Yorkshire Housing in Care and Support
Members of the York Independent Living team with their Dementia Friendly Community certificate.
Yorkshire Housing’s York Independent Living Service has signed up to help the city become a Dementia Friendly Community. The team attended an education session delivered by Dementia Forward to help them better understand the effects of dementia, and gain a greater understanding of how we can play our part in supporting York to become a dementia friendly city.
The session highlighted the effects of different types of dementia and how they impact on everyday life, with a strong emphasis on how people can be supported to live well with dementia.
Approximately 30% of the Independent Living Service’s customers have some form of dementia, symptoms of which include loss of memory, confusion, problems with understanding and carrying out every day tasks.
Yorkshire Housing’s York Independent Living Team Leader Samantha Jones said: “The number of people with dementia is growing year on year and it is vital our team can effectively support people with the condition. The training has made a real difference – it has highlighted ways we can help customers with dementia to continue to live independently and has helped us support them with the symptoms they may be experiencing.
“We recently took over support for a lady with a dementia, the education has helped us tailor our support to meet her needs. For example we assist her with shopping and help with looking at dates on food and how to pay. Once home the Independent Living Officer labels the food and leaves a list for the coming days.
“There is a lot we can do to help customers with dementia continue to live independently including help with isolation, correspondence, benefit forms, liaison with other services and wellbeing checks.”
The Dementia Action Alliance aims to make York a Dementia Friendly community, a place where people with the condition have high aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them
Dementia Forward's Netty Newell said: “We take our hats off to all who have agreed to take time out to learn about dementia and to make positive changes. Often it’s the small changes that can have a huge impact to the lives of people living with dementia in our community.
“Joining the local alliance can be the first small step. Members are growing, but we still need more organisations to get involved.
“To us at Dementia Forward it is just a conversation that needs to be had. Once people and organisations engage in a conversation about dementia those involved need to go away and have another conversation, then one day we will look around and see a dementia friendly world.”
If you would like to find out more about Yorkshire Housing’s Independent Living service visit http://www.yorkshirehousing.co.uk/care-and-support/independent-living.
The Dementia Action Alliance is a movement with one simple aim: to bring about a society-wide response to dementia. It encourages and supports communities and organisations across England to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia and reduce the risk of costly crisis intervention. You can find out more information about your dementia action local alliance at www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local.