Care Home Resident Speaking At Conference

ResidentA CARE home resident will speak about her personal experience of dementia at a national conference in Greater Manchester.

Dr Ann Johnson MBE, a former nurse and lecturer at The University of Manchester, was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 52 and now lives in a care home.

Ann is passionate about telling people what it is like to live with dementia and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton for her tireless campaigning.

She will speak at ‘Living and Dying Well in a Care Home’ on March 13th, 2019 at Leigh Sports Village in Greater Manchester.

The conference, facilitated by Wigan and Leigh Hospice, will focus on how to care for residents who are nearing the end of their lives. It will also explore how to ensure people with a palliative condition can continue to lead a full life, which reflects their preferences and wishes.

The conference will be held by the Hospice in your Care Home team which currently works with 11 of Wigan Borough’s 21 care homes. For the past 3 years the team has been educating care home staff in how to meet the needs of residents with palliative and end-of-life care needs.

Debbie Dempsey, Manager of the team, said: “We have been fortunate to welcome Dr Johnson to previous conferences and listeners are always moved by her story, but also informed as to some of the difficulties those with dementia face.

“Care homes are a significant site for palliative and end of life care so it is vital that staff are trained in how to provide the best possible care. This conference will highlight some of the innovations in end of life care taking place in care homes and detail ways in which care homes can ensure their residents live the fullest lives they can.”

The national conference will be chaired by Tracey Bleakley, the CEO of charity Hospice UK, and will also feature presentations by Dr Peter Fenwick on deathbed visions; Consultant Geriatrician Dr Martin Vernon who will speak about frailty and Musician Mary Dunsford who will speak about the importance of music at the end of life.