Although the Alzheimer Café is not specifically about publicising research or policies, we do want to let you know that we continue to work to improve the quality of dementia care in Ireland.
The 64th Annual Scientific meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS) was held this week in Killarney. Some great presentations were made related to older people’s health and well-being, including two presentations by our Café team.
Susan O’Reilly spoke about the benefits of using ‘Personal Passports’ when a person with dementia is admitted to hospital. These passports allow the family to give hospital staff information about a person with dementia; information the person themselves may not always be able to give. The family can highlight what is important to the person and this helps hospital staff to better care for the person. A pilot project was run in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown and results showed that personal passports were important for communication, better understanding the person who is being cared for, and recognising the ‘humanness’ of the person behind the patient.
Susan and her team were given one of the conference awards in recognition of their work in this area.
Louise Hopper presented initial findings from the “Access to Timely Formal Care (Actifcare)” project (www.actifcare.eu). Actifcare is a European project investigating pathways to home- and community-based dementia care in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden Norway, Italy and Portugal. Louise discussed the experiences and perceptions of health care professionals providing dementia care in Ireland, and the findings from her recent discussions with some of our political and policy decision makers. A copy of Louise’s presentation is available on the Actifcare website, along with similar presentations she has made at other conferences that discuss the perceptions of people with dementia and their family caregivers.
If anyone would like to know more about either Susan or Louise’s work, please don’t hesitate to talk to us about it at one of our Café’s.