Janice Robinson from the Broadmead Lodge and I just finished addressing this topic in a webinar for Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are by their diagnosis terminal illnesses. Over the past few years dementia care and hospice palliative care have turned their lens to quality care for people with late stage dementia. Integrating a palliative approach in dementia care can make the world of difference to the experience of those living with dementia and their caregivers.
We were delighted to share our experiences in the development of an education program for residential care staff to support people dying with dementia.
We shared ideas for best practice in caring for people with dementia, and the importance of integrating a palliative approach from time of diagnosis or at least – from time of admission to a facility!
To respond to a few questions that came near the end of the webinar: Yes, a palliative approach can and should be adapted to people with dementia living in the community. And yes, education on a palliative approach in dementia care is very appropriate for family caregivers and family members.
The PPTs, bibliography and our handout can be accessed now at the CDRAKE website. The webinar can be viewed after Dec 5th at the same site.
We invite you to comment on this blog or connect with us to continue this dialogue.
Kath and Janice.