This breakout session includes the following three topics: Live for 5 mins in the patient's shoes; Dementia affects ALL of us and Hearing loss & Dementia.
Michael Kemp, Keystone Health
Live for 5 mins in the patient’s shoes: Michael, a local physiotherapist, works in both the community and residential care settings with a variety of clients. Over time he has developed an approach that challenges the status quo in allied health. He will share his unique philosophy of care and how this came about as well as the positive outcomes for clients and staff alike.
Attendees will be energised and inspired to hear Michael’s story and how his team focus on respect and individual dignity, while delivering care that is compassionate and enabling for clients.
Glenys Petrie, carer
Dementia affects ALL of us: Glenys Petrie supports her partner John Quinn who is living well with dementia. She combines her first-hand experience from working alongside her parents, with the knowledge she has gained since John’s diagnosis in his late fifties, and her advocacy, to share a number of insights about how her life is impacted by dementia. Whist there have been some stressful challenges, from unexpected sources, Glenys believes dementia has opened many doors that she and John had never envisaged. Although they have had to make many adaptations to each of their lives, it is still fundamentally filled with many enjoyable experiences and opportunities for laugher.
Glenys acknowledges that everyone’s experiences are unique and influenced by many factors. She believes that the most challenging role she’s had to adopt was during the nine years when John’s symptoms were beginning to affect his ability to function both at home and at work, until his eventual diagnosis. She will highlight the way she tries to manage their household, which she has at times described to be dysfunctional. It should not be assumed that those who support people living with dementia can care for them. Carers need support too! Also, we must not overlook the fact that some have hidden disabilities and/or their own chronic health issues.
She will provide feedback about some of the research with which they are involved, as it has implications for those who live alongside someone diagnosed with dementia and for Service Providers, and she will raise some innovative ideas that staff from the Federal Department of Health have been keen to look at more closely.
Vanessa Bushe, Australian Hearing
Hearing Loss and Dementia: How can we improve communication?: Approximately 74% of Australians aged 71 years or over have some form of hearing impairment. As we get older the likelihood of having some form of hearing impairment increases, as does the likelihood of being diagnosed with dementia. Hearing loss can create challenges when communicating with colleagues, friends and family. It can also seriously affect quality of life. How do we assess hearing and its impacts on communication, when we include the challenge of a diagnosis of dementia? We will discuss appropriate service pathways for those with hearing impairment and methods we use to provide support and improved outcomes for clients with hearing loss and dementia. We introduce some solutions that go beyond hearing aids.