Patricia Dargent

Trish brings to her role almost 10 years’ experience working for not for profit organisations in the community services sector with extensive experience in business support and contract administration. In her current role Trish coordinates and manages contracts administration, records management and the Quality Management System.

Patricia will be presenting Ahead of the game: Active Volunteering in Dementia

Volunteers are valued members of aged care teams. However, there is little empirical evidence surrounding volunteer training programmes to support people with dementia living in residential aged care.

Churches of Christ Care are innovatively addressing this gap through an Active Volunteering in Dementia (AViD) project. AViD prepares volunteers to engage in meaningful interactions with people living with dementia and tailor leisure activities to meet their preferences, through a structured training programme.

Training includes education, mentorship, peer-support and workplace activity initiatives. Four volunteers and nine people with dementia living in aged care were initially recruited. Outcomes were assessed pre-training and again six months later.

Pilot results are promising and include increasing positive attitudes towards people with dementia and volunteer satisfaction. As suggested by others, positive attitudes to people living with dementia promotes quality care. We are now replicating it in a larger sample to determine more generalizable outcomes.

Monday Concurrent A5: Leading the Pack- Focus on Dementia  11:00-11:30