This service provides specialist palliative care and dementia management advice to those caring for individuals who are identified as a risk of experiencing difficulties as they approach the end of life with dementia.
The Hospice understands that people with Dementia suffer disadvantage in accessing health care services, contributing to them experiencing less than optimal care during the end of life Education and support is given to informal and professional carers, who are currently involved in this care.
Patients are assessed in the location they are currently cared for, and recommendations are made. The assessment is followed up as the dementia progresses, so appropriate responses to changing symptoms can be made with the aim of alleviating any distress, as and when it occurs.
Patients may need the highly specialist In Patient services available at the Hospice, but usually special palliative care advice is given within the existing care setting. We know a change of setting can be particularly disruptive and distressing, so our service aims to improve symptom relief where patients are currently being cared for, if this is achievable.
The Hospice also provides additional education via the Tameside consortium and through collaboration the Tameside and Glossop Care Home end of life education facilitator.
Referrals can be made when individuals are experiencing adverse symptoms associated with their dementia, and the approach of the end of life. A formal diagnosis of dementia is not necessary, but significant cognitive impairment, as assessed by the referrer, and agreed by the specialist nurse will be the criteria.
Dementia Cafe - Changes due to Coronavirus
We have now resumed our Dementia Cafe, open to both those living with Dementia and their carers.
Held on the second and fourth Friday of the month between 1-3pm, we are only able to accommodate limited numbers, and those attending must book in before coming.
Please contact us on 0161 330 1100 if you wish to take part and our friendly volunteer receptionists will book you in, where places are available. We currently have spaces for the second Friday, however, the cafe at the end of the month is already at capacity.
The Dementia Cafe provides support, advice and a friendly chat with those in similar circumstances. It's free to attend and we provide tea and cakes! It's so good to be able to meet up again, and our beautiful sensory gardens are open for you to enjoy a lovely stroll or to sit in the sunshine.
Look forward to seeing you there.