Ormskirk & West Lancashire Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs’ pledge their support for The Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2020

Owl's members and their dementia 2020 pledges
Owl's members and their dementia 2020 pledges

Ormskirk & West Lancashire Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs’, who form part of the OWL’s business network got together at The Miller & Carter ‘The Swan ‘ in Aughton on Tuesday 7th June.

Robert Godson, Director of Home Instead West Lancashire & Chorley, gave some great insight into the work of Home Instead, both locally and across the UK. Awards to support this are The Home Instead Network being awarded the Queen’s Award for Excellence in Innovation 2016, and Locally West Lancs and Chorley achieving an ‘Outstanding ‘ rating from the CQC. Other forms of local recognition from independent client and staff surveys, to the local Home Instead Superhero of the quarter award, show just how well Home Instead are doing at delivering personalised care.

Robert also told the group more about the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge 2020 to tackle the growing challenge of dementia in our society.  Each of the OWL’s members there made a special pledge to raise awareness of dementia within their own businesses.

Robert goes on to say ‘ in 2012 the first Prime Ministers challenge on dementia was issued and since then Home Instead in West Lancashire and Chorley have proactively supported numerous initiatives in our local community , so it is fantastic news that so many local business leaders and entrepreneur’s in Ormskirk and West Lancashire have already kindly pledged their support for this latest 2020 dementia challenge’.

The goal of the latest 2020 challenge on dementia is: to make England, by 2020, the best country in the world for dementia care, support, research and awareness. With 50 separate commitments that together aspire to ensure every person with dementia should get the safest , best care in hospital, when they receive care at home and in every care setting.

At Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley we are committed to supporting our local community, focusing upon the creation of dementia friendly health and social care settings. Providing City & Guilds recognised training and skills development for our key staff , continue to provide Free Dementia Awareness training in our community for all who chose to benefit from it. Work with local Health Care Professionals , Businesses, Charity Faith & Voluntary sectors in areas specifically covered in the 50 commitments that are split down into themes ; Risk Reduction, Health and Care - Delivery, Health and Care - Workforce , Dementia Awareness and Social Action , Research and detailed in the Annex 2: Roadmaps to 2020 Delivery.

Latest statistics on dementia ; estimates say that in the year 2015 , 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK, by the year 2025 that figure is anticipated to be 1,142,677 and around the year 2051 2,092,945. Dementia already costs our society £26bn a year, this is predicted to treble over the next 30 years. By 2020, the cost of skills and experience lost from the workplace due to dementia will rise from £628M to £1.1bn and by 2030 , dementia will impact on companies by over £3bn.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home