End of life care service for people with dementia living in care homes in Walsall

Authors:
DUTTON Rachael, BEECHING Nicole, MEREDITH Sophie
Publisher:
Housing Learning and Improvement Network
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
8
Place of publication:
London

Case study of an innovative end of life care service for people with dementia living in care homes in Walsall initiated through collaboration with Pathways 4 Life (partnership between the Accord Group and Age UK Walsall) and St Giles Walsall Hospice. The core service consists of two community-based Dementia Support Workers (DSWs) who work in care homes across Walsall in order to provide expertise, insight and knowledge to further improve dementia and end of life care. The case study describes how the service works, evidence of impact, and a list of learning points developed from working with care homes. The DSWs empower care home staff, people with dementia and their families through development sessions, support and guidance, along with a strong partnership working ethic. The DSWs use a range of evidence based tools, including the 'Namaste Care' approach, to advance a more holistic approach to dementia and care. This involves helping to create safe and relaxing spaces, and providing a broad spectrum of meaningful person-centred activities, some suitable for using with individuals even at the very end stages of their lives. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
dementia, end of life care, care homes, case studies, support workers;
Content type:
practice example
Location(s):
England
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Series name:
Housing LIN Case Study
Series no:
123

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