Dementia and older people

Dementia is a term which is used to describe a number of different symptoms or conditions that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

Alternative Futures Group supports a wide range of people with dementia. We believe that people can and do live well with dementia and that’s why we’ve invested extensively in a robust training and support programme; to ensure our staff support individuals at every stage of their dementia journey. Our end of life care framework provides holistic support to ensure that all people with dementia are supported by experienced people with dignity and care.

Our aims

  • Enable the people we support to live well with dementia and do the things they have always done for as long as possible.
  • To understand and support individuals, their families/carers and loved ones throughout their dementia journey.
  • Create dementia friendly communities where people with dementia, their families and carers are understood, valued and can enjoy quality of life.

The support we provide

We provide a number of models of support for people with a dementia. This can range from a stay within our Independent Hospital – Abbey Court, located in Warrington, or within peoples own homes.

We have over four years’ experience of delivering specialist dementia care and a successful track record of supporting people to regain citizenship within their local communities.

Our approach to dementia is to deliver personalised support with you and not to you. We aim to understand who each individual is and live with them in their time. We work with validation techniques (verbal and non-verbal therapy) to provide a range of activities from tea dances to Dementia Café Projects, enabling people to stay connected to their local community, people and the activities they care about.

We work with individuals to retain their citizenship, home and identity within society.

Through our specialist knowledge and expertise, we support families/carers and loved ones to understand dementia and learn how to stay connected to their loved one throughout their journey. Alongside this we also provide music therapy to enrich the lives of people we support, and family/carer involvement means they benefit from this intervention too.

To ensure the highest level of care and support, we work in partnership with a range of healthcare professionals and dementia support charities.

Referrals are made via Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), adult care services or self-referral.

Download our Dementia/older people factsheet to find out more about our support

Our team

Our staff team are highly experienced and skilled in dementia care, and a number of our team are Dementia Champions. We understand that it is vital to offer individuals, their families/carers and loved ones the right level of support through these often difficult and challenging times.

Training

Our dementia care staff receive a wide range of training and development, including:

  • Introductory level workshop in dementia
  • Level 2 and Level 3 Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) in Dementia
  • Northern Advisory Council for Further Education (NACFE) Award in Mental Health (Dementia)
  • Dementia Friends training

By training our staff to an enhanced level of understanding our offer is a very personalised one.

Funding advice

Our dementia and older people support can be funded by individuals, using their direct payment, personal budget or personal health budget, or directly through your local adult care services. Find out more by visiting our Funding advice page (link to Funding advice webpage).

Can we support you?

To find out more about our dementia and older people support please get in touch:

Telephone: 0845 0176744

Email: mail@afg2017.wpengine.com