PDMS sponsors Alzheimer's Society Dementia Conference
1 July 2019
PDMS is proud to support the Isle of Man’s Alzheimer’s society as a sponsor of their annual Dementia Conference.
On Tuesday 25th June the Alzheimer’s Society (IOM) Dementia Conference was hosted at the Comis Hotel and Gold Resort.
A series of talks took place from UK researchers and Island health professionals around the issues faced by people living with dementia. Attendees also experienced a taster session of Singing for the Brain, a volunteer-run service for residents in the Isle of Man with Rachel Wild.
Adrian Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health at NHS England and NHS Improvement introduced bringing mental and physical health care under one roof to improve continued care for patients.
For those unable to make the conference, an open information drop-in was held the following day at the Comis Hotel and Golf Resort where members of the public could attend talks by the Alzheimer's Society, Memory Clinic and DHSC with an opportunity to find out more information and ask the experts questions about their research and experiences.
One of the key themes of this year's conference was how the future of healthcare on the Island will be a person-centric, integrated approach across health and social care providers working in tandem to better help the individual.
PDMS' Lorna Trevethan also gave a presentation on the First Point Community Portal and its work to keep people with dementia safe in the Isle of Man.
The First Point Community Portal has been developed by PDMS in partnership with some of the Island’s charities and emergency services to provide additional support to members of the island community who experience day to day difficulties.
It is aimed at people such as the older generation living alone or those living with dementia who may find themselves in emergency situations. Emergency services personnel can search through the registered profiles using a separate, password-protected, secure channel during emergency situations in order to more quickly identify a person, bring them to a place of safety, provide better care and contact loved ones sooner.
It is believed that about 100 incidents a month could be better addressed through this information.
PC Mike Griffiths, one of three police officers involved in the project, said the portal ’will ensure that we have all the tools available to us to make the person feel at ease and give the family peace of mind that their loved one is in safe hands.’