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Radius Housing NI sponsor Inaugural International Conference on Palliative Dementia Care

08 May 2019

The International Conference for Palliative Dementia Care will take place in the Europa Hotel on 8th – 10th  May 2019. The Conference which takes place across 3 days is providing a much-needed platform for clinicians, specialists, people affected by dementia and industry representatives from across the globe to come together to discuss their own experiences.

The Event has been organised by the NI Hospice, who in 2016, took a leading role in developing a Hospice Enabled Dementia Partnership, bringing together professionals and individuals with Dementia to improve access to Specialist Palliative Care for people with Dementia.

Heather Weir, Chief Executive of NI Hospice said: “Commonly, ‘hospices’ are seen to care solely for individuals with a cancer diagnosis in their final days of life. At Northern Ireland Hospice we are advocating for a change in this image, improving the quality of life of everyone who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, including dementia.

Through the creation and hosting of this inaugural conference, we aim to bring together international experts in the fields of dementia and palliative care to exchange, develop, and interrogate findings so that this combined expertise can ultimately benefit those with a dementia diagnosis.

We are delighted that Radius Housing have supported this inaugural conference; without their sponsorship it would not have been possible to organise.”

Radius Housing provides a range of Care and Supported housing for people with complex needs across a broad range of client groups. Included in their services are innovative and award-winning housing schemes, catering for clients with dementia.

Fiona McAnespie, Director of Care and Support Services at Radius Housing said: “The NI Hospice was our charity partner for 2 years, and throughout this time we developed a close relationship with their organisation. When we heard about the ICPDC conference we knew it was something that we wanted to support.

We welcome the opportunity to be involved in the informative and interactive educational sessions which will be an ideal setting to establish new collaborations with key stakeholders in dementia care.”

Fiona continued; “Radius Housing are proud to be helping dementia patients in Northern Ireland achieve comfort and security and live independently in their own home. Through nine directly managed schemes, we provide 24 hour care and support which enables them to get on with their daily lives and where possible, remain in control of their own affairs.

We want to provide support to not only the dementia sufferer, but also their family, friends and carers as they progress through the condition and then ultimately the services from the NI Hospice come into effect for those sufferers who require palliative care.”

For more information on the conference visit www.icpdc.org/