Assisted Decision Making Act Impact – Advanced Care Planning – Dealing With Dementia in the Home

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: Wednesday 8th February 2018

Now in its fourth year this conference and one of our most popular conferences and its focus will be on the future of Dementia Care in Ireland and will enable delegates to critically review their approach to the care of patients with dementia and delirium.

This conference will be of interest to all professionals who assess or care for dementia patients including, nurses, directors of nursing, nursing home and residential care professionals, social care workers, home care providers, carers, consultants, GP’s, regulators, associations, researchers and universities to name just a few

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the Early Bird Rate of €345.00 + VAT (Normal rate €445.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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This event will provide delegates with ideas to use in practice and focus on evidence based solutions to better care for dementia patients in your services. There will be lots of opportunities at the conference for delegate and speaker interaction to challenge your thinking on how to achieve best practice dementia care, build dementia friendly communities and enable patients with dementia live a better quality of life through proven methods.

Delegates will leave this conference with a better understanding of recent research and findings on dementia; tools to creating Dementia friendly communities; Understand the needs of dementia patients in palliative care and how to improve our approach to end of life care; discuss ideas to improve the health care environment for patients with dementia, their carers and families.

Who Should Attend?

This conference will be of interest to all professionals who assess or care for dementia patients including, nurses, directors of nursing, social care workers, home care providers, carers, nursing homes, consultants, GP’s, regulators, associations, researchers and universities to name just a few.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4pm

Keynote Address: Making dementia a national priority

  • Dementia in Ireland today – what has changed since 2014 and the national strategy
  • Existing gaps in the journey of care
  • Focus on home care needs
  • Focus on post-diagnostic supports needs
  • Focus on geographic inconsistency of services
  • Dementia in Ireland – next steps required

Speakers: Pat McLoughlin, CEO, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015

  • Advance Healthcare Directives
  • This incorporates the topic of advance care planning.

Speaker: Patricia Rickard Clarke, Solicitor & Former Commissioner, The Law Reform Commission

Advance Care planning

  • Advance care planning for people with dementia
  • The ADMA (2015) and AHDs and how these relate to people with dementia
  • Guidance for healthcare staff re engaging in the process of advance care planning
  • Guidance for healthcare staff re engaging in conversations with people with dementia

Speaker: Deirdre Shanagher, Development Officer, The Irish Hospice Foundation

Ethical decision-making in end-of-life care for persons with dementia

  • Promoting human rights and enhancing autonomy in the context of caring for persons with dementia
  • Ethical decision-making in end-of-life care
  • Complex decisions involving persons with dementia: resuscitation and clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration

Speaker: Dr. Louise Campbell, lecturer in medical ethics, NUI Galway

Promoting the human rights of people living with dementia in long term care 

  • Framing dementia as a disability and a human rights issue
  • The relevance of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities to people living with dementia
  • Interrogating dementia policy and practice using a human rights lens
  • Dismantling barriers that create excess disability for people with dementia living in long term care
  • Creating a rights based culture for health service professionals and care staff in long term care settings
  • Education and training in human rights based approaches and building on a person centred care philosophy
  • Future directions

Speaker: Professor Suzanne Cahill, Trinity College Dublin

Alzheimer’s Café Bray; an integrated hospital and community approach

  • Reason for Alzheimer’s Café:.
  • Achieving Integrated care across hospital and community professionals
  • Providing professional expertise and support to patients with dementia; as a by-product communication improved between hospital and community in other cases also
  • Patient-centred care
  • Between 16 and 35 people attend each month – what difference does it make for Dementia patients

Speaker: Carol de Wilde, Principal Social Worker St Columcille’s Hospital and Founding Member of the Alzheimer’s Café Bray

Dementia Care Matters’ Butterfly Household Model of Care

Speaker: Norma Sheehan, Director of Nursing, Saint Joseph’s Shankill

Dementia Care at Home

  • Risk assessment & management for people living at home
  • Building Empathy
  • Understanding Behaviours
  • Using Life’s Journey to build trust
  • Tools to manage certain behaviours
  • Activities
  • Safety in the home for those living with Dementia

Speaker: Amanda Bohan, Owner and Managing Director, Home Instead Senior Care

Loss and Grief in Dementia

  • Losses that are unique to Dementia
  • Losses that person with Dementia may experience
  • Losses that person supporting person with Dementia may experience
  • What helps in dealing with losses associated with Dementia
  • Self care when dealing with losses associated with Dementia

Speaker: Breffni McGuinness, Training Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation

Dementia in people with an Intellectual Disability

  • Epidemiology
  • Assessment & diagnosis
  • Treatments (drug & non-drug)

Speaker: John Starr, Director, Alzheimer’s Scotland Dementia Research Centre, University of Edinburgh

Screening for Cognitive Impairment: The Quick Mild Cognitive Screen (QMCI)

  • The QMCI is shorter than the current screening tools
  • The QMCI is more sensitive and specific than other screening tools
  • The QMCI is simple, short, easy to administer and score.
  • How to administer and score the QMCI
  • How to interpret the scores.

Speaker: Prof D W Molloy

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Patricia Rickard-Clarke

Patricia Rickard-Clarke

Solicitor & Former Commissioner, The Law Reform Commission

Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission. 

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She is the independent Chair of the National Safeguarding Committee for Vulnerable Adults, Chair of the Third AGE’s National Advisory Council, SAGE, Support and Advocacy Service for Older People and a member of the Board of Third Age CLG, Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Capacity Task Force.  She is a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a member of the National Assisted Decision-Making Steering Group of the HSE. 

Pat McLoughlin

Pat McLoughlin

CEO, Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Pat Mcloughlin worked as a management consultant prior to becoming Chief Executive of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

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He served on the management teams of four health boards and was Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health Board and Eastern Health Board. In addition he served as the first National Director of the National Hospitals office and Deputy CEO of the HSE.

Chief Executive of the Irish Payment Services Organisation until the introduction of European Payments Formats, he has assisted Government, on a pro bono basis, in reviews of public expenditure, local government, childcare, health insurance and the Department of Justice. He has served as Chairman and a member of a number of voluntary organisations.

He holds a B.A. and an L.L.B. from N.U.I. Galway and an M.B.A. from Strathclyde Business School.

Deirdre Shanagher

Deirdre Shanagher

Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation

Deirdre is currently working with the Irish Hospice Foundation as a Development Officer.

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She is a registered general nurse who has worked with older people as a nurse and nurse manager. Deirdre obtained a BSc (Cur) general nursing in 2006, an MSc Gerontological nursing in 2011 and European Certificate in Palliative Dementia Care in 2014. She is a member of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and The Irish Association of Palliative Care. Deirdre has served on the board of Care Alliance Ireland since 2014 and chairs the research sub-committee of that board. Her work with the Irish Hospice Foundation centres around the Palliative Care for All and Primary Palliative Care Programmes as well as supporting other projects linked to the healthcare team.

Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell, NUIG

Development Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation

Louise Campbell is a lecturer in medical ethics in the School of Medicine, NUI Galway, and director of Clinical Ethics Ireland, an education service which provides training in clinical and research ethics for registered health professionals.

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She has a Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Essex and a post-doctoral qualification in clinical and organisational ethics from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include clinical ethics consultation and end-of-life care.

Breffni McGuinness

Breffni McGuinness

Training Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation

Breffni McGuinness is the Training Manager with The Irish Hospice Foundation (Bereavement).

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His special interests are in workplace bereavement, hidden losses and the use of creativity in working with people who are grieving. He has published a number of articles on bereavement and has developed resources for workplaces on bereavement policies and supporting staff who are bereaved.  He is a Dramatherapist and member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT). 

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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EARLY BIRD RATE €345 + VAT per Person – (Closing Friday 15th December) Normal Rate @ €445 + VAT.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 

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