Though advanced Dementia is a debilitating condition necessitating the management of a range of complex symptoms similar to that of patients in the terminal phase of malignant disease the provision of palliative care to dementia patients has (until recently) been inconsistent or poor.
In 2008 the Irish Hospice Foundation published ‘Palliative care for all; integrating palliative care into disease management frameworks‘ which was part of the extending access investigation aiming to extend palliative care provision beyond cancer to other chronic, life limiting diseases (like Dementia).
Following on from recommendations of the report action research projects are currently underway exploring the provision of palliative care to patients with advanced respiratory disease, heart failure and advanced dementia.
The advanced dementia action research project which operates in conjunction with Clare Mental Health Services and Milford Care Centre will explore and present on the issues in delivering palliative care to dementia patients in a one day conference on September 27th. The conference titled ‘Palliative care & dementia; seeking a platform for consensus’ will provide input on; delivering palliative care to dementia patients, developing a dementia care strategy, findings from the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s open conversation project and outcomes from the dementia palliative care project to date.
Further details, contacts and booking information are available HERE – Palliative Care Conference
The conference is aimed at healthcare professionals working in elder care, palliative care, mental health services as well as primary and social care professionals.