WDH has been recognised as ‘working towards’ being a Dementia Friendly organisation by the Alzheimer’s Society – the highest recognition they offer.
The landlord and homebuilder met several criteria for formal recognition, having raised the profile of their work to increase reach and awareness to different groups in the community, as well as ensuring they have the local structure in place to maintain a sustainable dementia friendly community.
WDH has strived to be a Dementia Friendly organisation and has been an active member of the Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance since 2013. In addition to running Dementia Awareness sessions for employees, WDH has built dementia friendly independent living schemes that include light reflective values (in line with best practice) and also offers support packages in the community through its Care Link service. Care Link provides specialist sensors, alarms and home monitoring to support people, including dementia sufferers, to live independent in their own property.
Des Johnson, WDH’s diversity and inclusion lead, said: “This is a fantastic achievement because it recognises we are working towards common standards based on what we know is important to people affected by dementia. Many of our tenants and customer are affected by dementia, so it’s vital we provide appropriate support.”