Dr Ashleigh Smith
|Day Presenting:||Tuesday 30 October|
|Session||Concurrent C5- Wellness and Re ablement|
|Presentation Title||Collaborating to create a dementia-friendly society: a symposium translating the impact of multi secretarial collaborations|
|Position Title||NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship|
|Company||University South Australia|
This interactive session will showcase three unique programs being undertaken in South Australia that serve to improve the wellbeing of older people with dementia. The aim of the session is to translate and explore the ways in which consumers, researchers, health practitioners, aged care organisations, community groups, and partners in care (i.e. family members and care staff of aged care residents), can work together to improve the quality of care for older people with dementia and create dementia friendly environments.
Part one will explore the impact of an Exercise Physiologist (EP)-led program for residents within the Helping Hand Organisation, evaluated by UniSA researchers. Using a person-centred approach to engage residents in exercise, changes in perceptions related to the benefit of exercise-related programs for residents have been reported by partners in care. Positive outcomes related to physical functionality for residents, unexpected outcomes related to social and behavioural factors, and a reduction in barriers for care staff in assisting residents with exercise were identified as a result of the program.
Part two will discuss the ‘Forget Me Not’ program developed by Dr Ashleigh Smith from UniSA in partnership with the City of Unley, Unley Primary School, and aged-care provider, ECH. An innovative program, ‘Forget Me Not’ aimed to reduce dementia related stigma and increase awareness in Primary School children. Through a collaborative approach, children received eight lessons and six excursions where they engaged in recreational activities with people with dementia. The impact of this program will be discussed as part of the broader scope of building a dementia-friendly community.
Part three will describe a translational research program aiming to improve quality of care for people with dementia and their families. The program supports health professionals to conduct quality improvement projects within their workplace with focus in three areas (exercise, occupational therapy and carer support). Developed and based in South Australia, this national program involves establishment of a quality collaborative (including online training, peer support and expert guidance). Discussion will include receptiveness of clinicians to this approach (rationale for joining, hopes and expectations) as well as early findings about barriers to best practice. A preview of the training program will be provided.
The translational aspect of this three-part presentation will include insight into the ways in which consumers, aged care organisations, community organisations, service providers, and researchers are collaborating to improve the wellbeing of older people with dementia and create a dementia-friendly society.
Dr Ashleigh Smith is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at UniSA.