Hospice offers specialist care
Staff at St. Luke’s Hospice are celebrating the success of their recent ‘Dementia Awareness drop in Workshop’ which took place in Basildon.
Eileen Craig, Head of In-patient Services and one of the event organisers said: “Dementia is a progressive, life-limiting condition giving rise to complex palliative care needs. In addition, it is recognised that people are also living longer and that the period of ill-health [due to early diagnosis and improved healthcare] at end of life is also increasing.
“This means that more people are living with multiple long-term life-limiting conditions including dementia.
“The National Council of Palliative Care figures show in their 2016 report that 29 per cent of people age 85 and over with cancer, circulatory or respiratory disease, also have dementia, and this figure is set to increase rapidly in the next 10 years.”
In response, St. Luke’s has, for a number of years, focused on improving the delivery of specialist palliative care to patients who have dementia, together with supporting their family members and carers both in the Hospice and in their own homes.
Eileen continued: “The aim of our event was twofold; to share information with people about dementia and to raise awareness about help and support that is available locally.
“The event was not just aimed at members of the public but also to clinicians, and professionals who have an interest in caring for people with dementia. We were delighted with the numbers that attended and grateful to the organisations and companies who supported the day. We had a steady flow of visitors and were able to give advice, support and information to quite a number of people, as well as offer tours of the Hospice.”
Visitors to the event had the opportunity to speak with specialist dementia and frailty clinical nurses, find out how to prevent accidents, useful equipment and available aids, dietary advice and how to eat well, the importance of diversional therapy and reminisces as well as ‘safeguarding’.
For further information about support available at St. Luke’s Hospice contact 01268 524973 or visit www.stlukeshospice.co.uk