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WDH is Dementia Friendly!

Published 21 August 2019

WDH employees have raised over £400 to support Dementia UK, further confirming that WDH is committed to supporting residents and employees affected by dementia.

In addition to its charity fundraising for the cause, WDH works closely with the Alzheimer’s Society and the Wakefield Dementia Action Alliance and has three Dementia Champions placed across the business. These Dementia Champions help to raise awareness and deliver Dementia Friends training to help employees to better serve customers living with a dementia diagnosis.

Later this year, as part of its Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, WDH will deliver Dementia Friends training to over 450 Technical Services Operatives, helping them to understand the condition and consider better ways of working in the homes of customers with the condition.

WDH has made a significant investment in their independent living schemes, placing those with the condition at the heart of the design.

Refurbished schemes benefit from kitchens and communal areas with specialist lighting to help to reduce the risk of falls.

Each floor of the scheme is also given its own colour theme so when residents are at an entrance, lift or staircase, they can immediately tell which floor they are on. The schemes use colours that are dementia friendly and contribute to a calm and relaxing environment.

The lifts that serve the schemes have a calming colour theme with neutral floor coverings that are not too dark so users do not feel like they are stepping down into a hole. Mirrors in lifts are also avoided so people with memory problems don’t think that there is someone already in the lift.

Finally, WDH fits frosting to glazed windows, doors and applies decals to blinds and at the end of corridors so no reflections are seen. All of these initiatives contribute to a safe living environment and enable customers with dementia to live in their homes for longer.

As an organisation WDH supports dementia charities including Dementia UK and the Alzheimer’s Society and has raised over £400 through dress down days and employee monthly draw donations. The money raised by employees helps these two charities continue to provide support for people with dementia and their families.

Sarah Roxby, WDH’s Associate Director – Health, Housing and Transformation, said: “We place great value on the health and wellbeing of our tenants and provide a range of services dedicated to supporting people to stay at home and live independently. For someone who has dementia we ensure that we work closely with them and their families to put in support that is tailored to their individual requirements, this includes technology packages to provide wrap around support 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”

 

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