ROTHERHAM Hospice has agreed a partnership to make dementia a priority within end of life care.
The charity is linking up with Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance to ensure patients needs are recognised.
A clinical nurse specialist has been hired to focus on Namaste care — a programme designed to improve the quality of life for people with advanced dementia — and train nursing home staff.
Diane Keeley, the hospice’s head of patient and family support services, said: “Action plans have been agreed to ensure dementia care is intrinsic within our organisation.
“Historically there has been a failure to identify dementia as a terminal illness by health and social care professionals, hence people with dementia may not have had access to specialist palliative care services.
“If dementia is more routinely identified as a terminal diagnosis, health and social care professionals will be able to provide more appropriate support and care to people with dementia and their loved ones.”
She added: “We are now working with RDAA on ensuring we are a dementia-friendly organisation both within all hospice services and also in our shops to influence our staff to provide and support others to provide high quality dementia care.”
Read more about how Rotherham Hospice marked Hospice Care Week in this Friday’s Advertiser.