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St Barnabas Hospice

St Barnabas House provides specialist palliative care to adults with advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses, both within the hospice and in the comfort of patients’ homes. We help patients manage their symptoms, offer respite, end of life and palliative care as well emotional support and counselling for patients and their families. As well as offering services at our purpose-built hospice building in Worthing we have Community and Hospice at Home teams. The Community team are available seven days a week and offer specialist nursing advice and support to patients and their families in their own home. The Hospice at Home team operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide hands on care for patients at home.

21 November 2016
South East
Local Alliances:
Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, Adur 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?

We are commited to meeting the needs of patients with life limiting illnesses in our area and as such have appointed a dementia specialist nurse to liaise with patients and their families.

We will be setting up dementia specific support groups and upskilling staff to be better placed to offer quality care to all living with dementia.

We also aim to make St Barnabas Hospice a dementia friendly environment.

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

It may be difficult to change people's perceptions of the hospice moving to incorporate all life limiting illness and specific diseases such as dementia.

Currently staff recieve dementia friends training but more specialist training is needed.

2. Actions

  • Creating a Dementia friendly environment

    Completing environmental audits of the patient areas of st Barnabas and acting on the outcomes, i.e. signange, wayfinding, orientation

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Training for staff

    Offering an indepth and comprehensive Dementia training package to staff and volunteers of St Barnabas

  • Support patients of St Barnabas living with dementia and their carers/families

    The Dementia specialist nurse is an overarching role offering advice and support to all levels of the hospice.

    Being implemented