In 2012 the first challenge on dementia was issued and since then Home Instead in West Lancashire and Chorley have proactively supported numerous initiatives in our local community , which have included:
Free Dementia Awareness Training: That summer Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley launched its Free Dementia Awareness Training in the community. With support from local media and social media we reached out to well over 100,000 people and delivered awareness training in eight secessions across the area, to over 130 members of the local community.
Home Instead joined forces with Argos and the local Alzheimer’s Society: Ormskirk's Argos had chosen the launch of its new catalogue as a fantastic opportunity for the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness and much needed funds. Home Instead team of volunteer staff at Argos were among over 1,000 volunteers nationwide who joined forces to support Argos, the Alzheimer’s Society and their sister charities, raising funds for people living with dementia.
Dementia Friends: Home Instead Director Gail Godson forms part of Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship awareness-raising campaign, encouraging people across the country to ‘do something new’. Dementia Friends was launched in 2013 by the Alzheimer’s Society. Locally Home Instead hosted numerous Dementia Friends sessions in Ormskirk and surrounding villages, pro-actively contributing to and already more than one million people have become Dementia Friends across the country.
Memory Walk Sponsorship: Over 2,250 people kindly gave up their Sunday and turned up for the Alzheimer’s Society - Memory Walk held at Aintree Race Couse. Many of those sponsored were also walking in memory of friends and loved ones who have lived with dementia. The Memory Walk was sponsored by local ‘care at home’ company Home Instead Senior Care and Gail Godson Director of Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley said’ Alzheimer’s Society estimates that over fifty five thousand pounds was raised on the day.
Dementia Action Alliance (DAA):We were proud to announce that on the very eve of Prime Minster David Cameron holding the world’s first G8 Summit on Dementia, Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley with the kind support of the Alzheimer's Society signed up to the National Dementia Declaration and became members of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) which is made up of over 700 organisations committed to transforming the quality of life of people living with dementia in the UK and the millions of people who care for them.
Dementia Awareness Training - GP Practices: Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley delivered Dementia Awareness Training to five local GP Practices in our community, these were: Tarleton Group Practice, Ormskirk Medical Practice, The Elms, Parkgate Surgery and Hall Green Surgery, the latter now holds a regular Dementia Surgery with support from Home Instead, NHS WLCCG and the voluntary, charitable and faith sector staff .
Dementia Pathway Mapping: West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) established a local Dementia Pathway Group, the principle role is to identify and map local services dementia, community assets, blockages and role models. Gail Godson Director from Home Instead sits on the steering group together with representatives from West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local GP’s, Age UK Lancashire, Alzheimers Society and others.
Dementia Friends: In a tri-partite approach with Lancashire Care NHS Trust and the local Alzheimers Society, Gail Godson Director of Home Instead held a Dementia Friends session one lovely summers evening in Burscough , for members of the local Burscough Parish Council and specially invited councillors from surrounding parishes, at the end of a successful evening attendees became Dementia Friends.
Years' 2016 - 2020
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 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.