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The Rowans Hospice

The Rowans Hospice is a local hospice for Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. We provide specialist palliative care for people from the age of 16 with a life shortening illness of any kind. We support the patient alongside their families and friends and this support continues into bereavement. We offer that support through a number of venues; heath centre, living well clinic, day care, inpatient ward and hospice at home service. Patients come to us for a variety of reasons including symptom management, rehabilitation, respite, carer relief, set up for home and care at the end of life. We provide education and training in palliative and end of life care to local health and social care. The Rowans Hospice also has a subsidiary Trading Company which consists of 21 shops employing both paid staff and volunteers. We endeavour to support our community in as many ways as we can.

23 June 2015
Health, Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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?

As a hospice community we will be naturally supporting those that have dementia. Many that have a life shortening illness could also be living with dementia. It is our role to support those patients, to recognise the implications of dementia with empathy and compassion and to work alongside the patient accordingly.

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

All those working within the hospice have to be on board in any changes that need to happen which includes board of trustees, executive group, all health care professionals, maintenance, housekeeping, catering and volunteers. It is ensuring the right message is out that so that all are motivated and see value. This takes time and energy. We need to ensure all information and education is correct and current.

We need to look at our environment to ensure it is safe for patients but not depriving liberty if possible. That is supports dementia friendly environments but this could take time and money. It is ensuring that is a plan in place.

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2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness raising for staff

    Ensure staff, especially all customer facing staff, attend a dementia awareness raising session.

  • Dementia Friendly Environments

    Currently have a working party in place to look at the environment and see what possible changes can happen

    Planning, Investigating
  • Appoint a Dementia Champion

    We have 2 dementia champions in place to deliver and considering more champions within the shops

    Delivered, Investigating
  • Offer Dementia Friendly Events and Facilities

    We are in the process of building a living well centre. We are considering offering the dementia support advisers opportunities to use the facilities.

  • Involving people with dementia

    Offering opportunities to those living with dementia to work within our shops etc including volunteer work.

    Investigating, Planning

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

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