Dementia @ End of Life 31.05.16

Dementia presents an ever increasing challenge for carers and healthcare organisations; the impact of the disease can be particularly devastating as people with dementia near the end of their life. Problems with communication are a feature of the later stages of dementia. The person will generally have limited or no speech. They will also have reduced ability to understand what is being said to them. This makes recognising when a person with dementia is nearing the end of their life difficult but very important, because it can help ensure that person receives the right care. Worryingly recent research has shown that people with dementia are at risk of receiving worse end of life care compared to those with cancer.

“Recent research shows that people with dementia are at risk of receiving worse end of life care compared to those with cancer”

 

Nursing and care home staff need an awareness and understanding of dementia, in order to be able to provide the best possible end of life care.

 

In 2014 the CQC inspected care in 129 care homes and 20 hospitals across England and the results shown highlighted the need for change. In around 29% of care homes and 56% of hospitals inspected, the CQC found assessments were not comprehensive in identifying all of a person’s care needs. In about 34% of care homes and 42% of hospitals, they found aspects of variable or poor care regarding how the care met people’s mental health, emotional and social needs.

People with dementia are at shocking risk at end of life. We want to work with you to change that….

We have developed Dementia @ End of Life a course specifically aimed at helping those caring for people with dementia to understand and experience first-hand the complex symptoms of this debilitating illness. This one day course includes a simulated experience of dementia combined with learning delivered by dementia and end of life care professional’s industry professionals who share their experience and demonstrate how to communicate and care for people with dementia appropriately at their end of life.

 

Who should come along? – All healthcare professionals who work with people with dementia and patients with terminal illnesses.

 

Described as ‘More than your average Dementia Awareness Course’ , the day gives an important insight for anyone working with people who have Dementia, to really grasp the issues that have to be dealt with at the end of life for those suffering from Dementia.

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