Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Our aim is to promote comprehensive care for those with progressive, advanced disease and a limited life expectancy in order that they may achieve the best possible quality of life. Our Aims • To offer comprehensive specialist palliative care to adults in North Staffordshire with progressive, advanced disease and a limited life expectancy. • To maintain the patient's optimum quality of life by providing a caring, supportive environment, ensuring that their privacy and dignity is preserved for as long as possible. • To provide a choice in care setting; the patient has the choice of receiving our support in their own home or in our in-patient unit, day therapy unit or as an out-patient. • To offer professional advice and support to families and carers during the patients illness and during the initial stages of bereavement. • To provide specialist training and education to Hospice staff and other

Updated:
12 October 2016
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Care, Health
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 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?

A key role of the hospice is support people to create advanced care plans enabling them to influence decisions about themselves. In addition the hospice is working in partnership with a primary care and other organisations, to support hospice patients and community members living with dementia and their carers. The hospice has a key role in providing education and training for all hospice staff and volunteers in addition to external care providers on supporting those people with dementia at EOL.We can also play a key part in educating community partners and supporting them to become dementia friendly.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

A key challenge for the hospice is the resource and time required to educate and increase awareness of dementia and its impact to all staff and volunteers. It is a requirement for the hospice to review and clarify the accessibility of hospice services for people with dementia appropriate to their needs and within hospice criteria.

Member website

www.dmhospice.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Provide dementia awareness sessions to make all hospice staff and volunteers Dementia Friends (including the retail outlets) to create a dementia aware organisation

    The hospice has invested in developing 5 dementia champions across the organisation. Awareness sessions will be delivered through a coordinated plan to achieve this dementia friends target for the hospice.  Additional sessions will be held at regular intervals to ensure all  staff and volunteers are dementia aware.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Awareness sessions have been delivered through a coordinated plan to achieve this dementia friends target for the hospice. 141 dementia friends have been created since July 2015 taking the hospice total to over 200 dementia friends.

    Additional sessions will be held at regular intervals to ensure all  staff and volunteers are dementia aware.

  • Providing dementia friends sessions and support with environment checking to corporate partners, community organisations and GP surgeries

    DMH Has offered dementia friend sessions and support to check their environment to all corporate partners and local community organisations. Ths will support the communities aim to become dementia friendly.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    14 dementia friends made in a GP Practice.

    Organisations planning session with are Stoke City and Staffs Fire and Rescue.

  • Provide education on the impacts of dementia and supporting quality of life

    Educational sessions will be held at the hospice delivered by the education team at: MSc; BSc; Diploma and Certificate level. Study days will also be facilitated. The aim of the education is to explore and examine the fundamental issues of dementia which impact on a multi-cultural diverse society.

    The education is provided for hospice staff and volunteers in addition to external organisations.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Numerous courses completed and education ongoing

  • Utilise the checklist for dementia friendly environments to assess accessibility of hospice for people with dementia

    The hospice will utilise the checklist created in 2012 by Innovations in Dementia and the Local Government Association and assess the hospice environment in relation to a dementia friendly environment.

    Small changes may be considered to improve accessibility for people with dementia if required.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Ongoing February 2016

  • Befrienders project for people living with dementia.

    Trained volunteers offering weekly visits and support to people living with dementia. This can range from a cup of tea and a chat to assisting with shopping or helping the  person to access social activities. The hospice will look to expand this across the communities following a successful pilot project.

    Status:
    Delivery