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Hospices called on to improve all stages of dementia care

Hospice UK guidance recommends the expansion of 'hospice-enabled dementia care'

Hospices could provide better care for people with dementia by working with other care providers and local communities, a report states.

Guidance issued by Hospice UK this week calls for the expansion of ‘hospice-enabled care’, highlighting how people can be cared for at different stages of dementia, as well as at the end of life.

Recommendations include establishing partnerships with other care providers and investing in training of staff and volunteers.

The report, entitled Hospice Enabled Dementia Care, cites an exchange scheme at East Cheshire Hospice, in which staff exchange work environments and swap knowledge and advice with staff from a care home.

Hospice UK national director of hospice care Ros Taylor said: ‘Hospices have a tremendous opportunity to vastly improve the experiences of people with dementia but they need to do more to reach out to people with this life-limiting condition.

‘Partnership working with other care providers and reciprocal learning will be crucial to achieving this. We hope hospice leaders will take action to develop the right skills and relationships and share their expertise more widely to help improve access to palliative and end of life care for people with dementia.’

Read the full report: Hospice enabled dementia care

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