"Ashgate Hospicecare is a local charity providing care to people across North Derbyshire, with any life limiting illness, helping them live for everyday" Ashgate Hospicecare is an independent registered charity that provides specialist palliative, end of life care and support to adults and their families across North Derbyshire, at the hospice, in the community and at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. All services are provided free of charge to patients and their families which is normally funded through donations and legacies. Patients with any life limiting illness can access Ashgate Hospicecare specialist services through referral from a health care professional. The needs of the patients, their families, friends and carers are fundamental to the philosophy of the hospice and our aim is to enable people to achieve the best possible quality of life in accordance with their wishes.
- 15 May 2015
- East Midlands
- Care, Health, Medical, Retail, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Chesterfield Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Ashgate Hospicecare provides specialist palliative and end of life care across North Derbyshire and recognises the need to extend and develop this role in caring for people with dementia, especially at the end of life, ensuring they have equal access to specialist palliative care services.
‘Hospice Enabled Dementia Care-The first Steps’ (Hospice UK, Mar2015 ) identifies key characteristics that hospices can adopt in order to provide effective end of life care to people affected by dementia. We are reviewing these ‘First Steps’ to ensure we work towards providing holistic dementia care that is timely and appropriate, evidence based and person centred.
To achieve these aims we work collaboratively within the community identifying need and developing services, ensuring referrals are appropriate and information on our services readily available .
Members of our team attend local DAA meetings and are involved with the launch of Chesterfield DAA; focusing on palliative and end of life care. We deliver training which is available for all members of the healthcare community to access and we will ensure that all our staff receive training to enable them to deliver care for people with dementia, having an increased awareness of the needs of these patients.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
*As a charity resources are limited so we will need to work closely with, and share expertise with other organisations locally to ensure we develop and deliver a service that best meets the needs of people with dementia and their carers, whilst making the best possible use of resources available .
*Motivating others within and beyond the organisation to embrace the challenges of developing and improving dementia care .
*We will need a well planned , ongoing commitment to providing Dementia Awareness training and annual updates to all staff (including volunteers ) given the size and spread of the organisation.
*Making changes to our building and grounds to ensure we provide a dementia friendly environment that also meets the needs of other service users, may incur some financial expenditure.
To deliver Dementia Awareness Training across the organisation.
Ashgate Hospicecare will identify staff willing to become Dementia Friends and train as Dementia Champions, who will then deliver Dememtia Awareness sessions across the organisation.
This will ensure people with dementia and their carers, using our services will feel valued and respected , receiving the appropriate care and support they require .
Ensure the hospice building and grounds provide a dementia friendly environment.
Staff from the hospice will visit a local specialist unit for advice and to see how a dementia friendly environment works in practice. We will then invite staff from there to visit the hospice and help us identify areas that could be improved to create a positive therapeutic environment for people with dementia. This may involve simple changes to the Inpatient Unit, Day Unit and reception areas.
We will also look at research to improve our understanding of how best to achieve a safer, dementia friendly environment.
- Initial Scoping
Identify key needs and prioritise care.
The team will meet regularly to discuss and evaluate actions already in place and those needed to facilitate improvements in our dementia care planning.
We will provide information so that professionals, people with dementia and their carers are aware of the support available and the services the hospice can offer to ensure appropriate referrals enabling us to deliver the right care at the right time.
We will link with other health care professionals within the community to help identify key needs.
- Being implemented