When approaching end of life, unnecessary hospital admissions and cumbersome interventions can negatively impact quality of life for an individual with dementia with physical comfort and personal dignity being jeopardised. Advance Care Planning (ACP) can work towards addressing this issue providing a forum to express an individual’s wishes regarding treatment and preferred place of care when they are unable to do so independently, potentially avoiding unwanted and potentially unnecessary hospital admissions.
This one day learning event will increase awareness of the barriers to ACP and by doing so will arm practitioners with the knowledge to overcome these and increase skills in ACP to benefit the individual as well as ways of incorporating ACP into workflow and normalising the process being explored.
Participation in this course will:
- Increase understanding of dementia; its prevalence and implications for care
- Help identify the benefits and barries to advance care planning
- Promote the use of Adults with Incapacity Act more effectively and increase awareness of how it imacts decisions in ACP
- Develop greater understanding of the purpose of an advance directive and power of attorney
- Build recognition of the purpose and scope of a DNACPR
Who is this programme for
- Registered Nurses
- Social work professionals