Care and Repair-Lochaber colleagues were involved in supporting and organising local events as part of Alzheimer Scotland #DAW2017 ‘Tea and a Blether’ events. On Wednesday 31st May at St.Andrews Church Hall, Care and Repair, Dementia Enablement Project colleagues were present at the Alzhemier’s Scotland event to raise awareness about what support they could offer people to continue to live well with Dementia in the local community. Present at the event were members of the community, NHS Highland and Alzheimer’s Scotland staff. Robert and Eleanor had a display of a few of the many interventions that they have used and can use with people in their own homes.
One carer present commented: “it was good to see what was available locally to support her care for her mother”.
On Thursday 1st June, Care and Repair, Dementia Enablement Project colleagues with support from Lochaber Housing Association held an event for housing and NHS staff to continue to raise awareness about living well with Dementia. Robert and Eleanor delivered a short presentation about Dementia and had a range of the small pieces of equipment they use with clients in their own home.
One housing officer commented: ‘it was good to see the various ‘gadgets’ in particular the magic-plug’.
Staff were encouraged to raise awareness about the support that is available within the community in particular the Dementia Enablement Project and Be@home Project along with their in house Occupational Therapist.
The Occupational Therapist role is to maximise an individual’s independence in their daily activities and occupations in their own home, work and community as well as providing advice to family and carers who live with or support an individual. The Occupational Therapist provides housing based focused solutions to people across the community in all tenures including minor, major adaptations and link up with other health and social care support as is necessary.
Learning to date has shown collaboration between professionals is key. Also, timely assessment and intervention is crucial!
Please speak to your local GP, Health and Social Care and Housing colleagues if you are concerned about your memory, or how you or your loved one in managing in their home.
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Finally, it is important to know we all can make a difference in supporting people in our communities to continue to live well when living with dementia.
Do you know how to access Occupational Therapy, Dementia link worker or housing support in your community?
My pledge from our #DAW2017 is to continue to raise awareness about Dementia in our communities and to ensure people receive timely, effective and efficient collaborative assessments and interventions.
What can you pledge?
Thank you to: Sheila Morris, Occupational Therapist, Eleanor Brown & Robert Drain, Care and Repair Lochaber-Dementia Enablement officer’s
Some useful links to training and support:
- NHS NES Promoting Excellence training: http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/home/portals-and-topics/dementia-promoting-excellence/framework/skilled-level/learning-resources.aspx
- Alzheimer Scotland Getting to Know me Document Available: http://www.alzscot.org/assets/0001/9836/Getting_to_know_me_form_single_pages.pdf
- Royal College of Occupational Therapist: https://www.rcot.co.uk/
Photos from the events
Senior Occupational Therapist-housing solutions – Sheila Morris