From the Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Ltd newsletter:
Wednesday 13 February 2018,
2-3pm in the Room 3.02, Harvard Lecture Theatre, Julian Study Centre, UEA
Speaker: Dr Tamara Backhouse – ‘Personal care in advanced dementia: working towards reducing refusals’.
‘People with dementia develop high needs for assistance with their personal care and in the later stages can be reluctant to receive support with these daily tasks. When people with late-stage dementia refuse assistance with personal care it leaves those caring for them in a difficult position. If care is not provided, the person with dementia could become neglected, have poor hygiene, or develop urine burns or infections. On the other hand, if care is provided, it could be against the person’s will. Refusal of care could be due to the person with dementia not understanding what the caregiver is trying to do, environmental factors, health status, or unmet needs. Refusals are common in people with dementia living in care homes and living at home. I will present data demonstrating this difficult area, consider current interventions, and introduce my Alzheimer’s Society Research Fellowship, which aims to examine this issue further.’
Dr Tamara Backhouse is an Alzheimer’s Society Research Fellow at the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia. Dr Backhouse has extensive experience of working as a paid carer with older adults. She has been involved in a number of projects related to dementia care and care home research.
Full details here.