Acorn Health is an award-winning chiropractic clinic in Emsworth, Hampshire. At Acorn Health we pride ourselves on delivering effective, evidence-based treatment for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including back, neck and joint pain. Our key focus at Acorn Health is taking you from “acorns to oaks”. We help you develop a firm understanding of the cause of your problem, which enables you to make the necessary adaptations to avoid future pain and problems. We provide effective, evidence-based treatment to get you out of pain and moving more freely as quickly as possible, and then, if you need us, we are here to lend a helping hand in the future.
- 17 November 2015
- Health, Medical, Care
- 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?
At Acorn Health, we work closely with our patients to help them develop a firm understanding of their complaint, enabling them to make the necessary adjustments to avoid future pain and problems. As part of our work in clinic, we often encounter patients or relatives who are affected by dementia. As a company, we can ensure that those living with dementia are able to receive appropriate care from us in an accessible, friendly environment with appropriately trained staff. Back pain is prevalent throughout the population but people living with dementia may struggle to appropriately explain their pain of complaint. By understanding the challenges people with dementia face and improving our communication with them, we can ensure they receive appropriate care and develop a better understanding of their pain. We can also provide assistance to carers who often struggle with musculoskeletal complaints as a result of their role.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Good outcomes from chiropractic care are closely linked with the patient’s understanding of their complaint, and ability to utilise self-help strategies to actively manage their complaint. This may present problems for those living with more advanced dementia, and we will have to put strategies in place to try and overcome this. We also will work to educate carers and people living with dementia to help them seek appropriate care for their musculoskeletal pain. For dementia patients, it is ensuring that just because they are not able to explain their pain fully does not mean they are not entitled to care or assistance and should be offered as much support as all other members of the public.
Dementia Awareness raising for staff
Ensure all staff attend a dementia awareness raising session
Review our patient’s journey
Undertake a review of our patient consent forms, resources and other media to determine if improvements can be made to make these more dementia-friendly
- Being implemented
Promote the understanding of the role of chiropractic care and the contribution it can make to people living with dementia.
We will work to promote an understanding of the role chiropractic, as an holistic healthcare profession, can have in addressing psychological, environmental, and social factors that can contribute to musculoskeletal pain, and how this can be of benefit to people living with dementia
- Being implemented
Extending the scope of our practice
We will extend the scope of our practice beyond the boundaries of clinic-based work to meet the wider needs of individuals living with dementia, for example by conducting home visits.
- Being implemented
Information and resources for people with dementia and their carers
We will provide information and resources for people with dementia, families of people with dementia or carers. This will provide advice, resources, and information about local support groups or where they can access further information about dementia.
2015 - Fourth Quarter Update