Helping primary care to support people with dementia

West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre

December 17 2019
Thomas Street, West Bromwich. West Midlands. B70 6LY

We provide specialist and culturally appropriate Day Care Service placements for African Caribbean people with dementia,

Our Day Care outreach service enables people with dementia to visit art and leisure venues, participate in creative activities that stimulate them emotionally and practically and also participate in gentle exercise classes across Sandwell. We can also take people on holiday with their family carers.

Outcome: People with dementia can still lead a full and active life by participating in recreational and leisure activities either with family or paid carer who supports them.

Integrated into our services are a number of self-care and re-enablement activities to maintain people’s independence and improve their quality of life which in-turn reduces the likelihood of them being admitted to hospital.

We also  provide advocacy support for carers and one-to-one information.

Within carer’s groups, we provide training for carers on dementia conditions and how to support loved ones, Infection Control, First Aid, Safe Guarding Adults & Children, Handling & Lifting and Food & Hygiene etc.

Outcome: We support and advocate for African Caribbean citizens/patients/services with dementia and their family carers so that they can navigate the health and social care system, so they can access services they need to live full and independent lives, including appropriate support when dealing with housing or housing/council tax rebate issues.

Family carers feel more informed and able to cope better in their role. 

Family carers have a named contact for support, who they’re able to contact to discuss changes as they occur and help navigate the Carers Assessment process.

We provide work-based placements for students (young carers) who are studying at college or university, who care for relatives with dementia.

Outcome: Supporting young people to gain a qualification and secure employment.

Our home care (domiciliary care and end of life service) also provides personal care to dementia clients which enables their family carers to be able to continue with their studies across.

Outcome: Dementia patients/clients are cared for at home while their family carers (including young carers) can thrive and prosper to achieve their qualification and gain employment.

In partnership with Agewell, SMBC and SWB CCG (BCF) fund the WBACRC to support African Caribbean & Dual heritage Patients on the Wards of Sandwell & Russell’s Hall Hospitals, we advocate for the patients on the hospital ward and that support continues in the community once they are discharged.

Outcome: Carers and patients with dementia are supported through the discharge planning process, they are also supported to access wrap around services which reduce the likelihood of hospital readmission.

In partnership with West Bromwich Town Team, we will be launching our Dementia Café for African Caribbean Adults and Older People in who live and work in West Bromwich in April 2020.

Outcome: African Caribbean patients and citizens will be accessing culturally sensitive dementia services that are tailored to their memories. Carers will learn new skills and coping mechanisms from trained health professional which will help them in their caring roles.

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