This week Clare Jefferies held Dementia workshops at Age UK Merton as part of Merton's Dignity in Care project.
The Dementia workshops, part of four different training sessions, aim to train volunteers to visit care homes and ensure the best possible standards are met and that residents have a good quality of life. The volunteers will also be providing information for the care home managers about a range of activities already happening in the community which older people can get involved with, enabling them to play as full a part in the life of their community.
The initiative was first proposed by Merton Seniors Forum, who applied to Comic Relief for some pilot funding. Merton Council added to that funding and a steering group was set up which involved Merton Voluntary Service Council, Merton Seniors Forum and Councillor Linda Kirby, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health. Age UK Merton won the contract for training up the volunteers, who will be looking to ensure that residents have privacy, a voice, a comfortable environment and respect in their home.
Councillor Linda Kirby said: “There has been a lot of concern about how safe care homes are, particularly in the media over the last year and also with the problems that have existed with the Care Quality Commission. We are hoping that this new scheme will give our residents some comfort that there is another pair of eyes looking out for their health and wellbeing.”
Home Instead are delighted to be involved.