Care Plus Group in association with Skills for Care organised and provided a conference “Dementia & End of Life Care, Caring for Others Caring for Yourself” on 11th November.
The conference was aimed at those providing care within the care home sector and was a consequence of the very well run and attended Palliative and End of Life Care “Care home links” groups. The group is delivered by the Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Nurse for care homes to promote palliative and end of life awareness, sharing of practice and education and training to care homes in NE Lincs.
It is well recognised that caring for others especially in the complex world of dementia and end of life care can take its toll on carers and nurses, the day provided education on best practice for looking after someone with dementia in their last phase of life and also included advice for those in the caring role on “looking after yourself”
There were a variety of speakers incorporating all aspects of dementia and end of Life care including dementia aetiology, advance care planning and dealing with loss and grief. Speakers included Admiral Nurses from Navigo, a therapist from St Andrews Hospice and Specialist Nurses from the Macmillan Palliative care team who also included the importance of spirituality and mindfulness.
One of the speakers gave her personal story of looking after a family member with dementia and caring for them at the end of their life.
The day concluded with a session for the delegates on self-care and how to maintain resilience and coping skills in what is often very challenging working.
Over 60 delegates attended the conference from care staff, managers and nurses from local care home providers; it was very well received and provided a great learning experience as well as an excellent network opportunity.
The conference was part of a programme of events delivered by CPG’s Palliative and End of Life Care team to support care home providers in caring for their residents in the last phase of life, due to the positive comments it is hoped to run another event early next year.
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