Person-centred care & Parkinson’s Disease
Nursing Now 2011 focused on two major issues. The title for the first session was ‘Person-Centred Care: Dignity & Respect’, while the second part was entitled ‘Parkinson’s Disease: Optimising Quality of Life’. The conference featured Miriam Kennedy (Consultant Psychiatrist, St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin), Tania Spellman (Director of Nursing, TLC Nursing Home, Straffan), Rena O’Hara (Director of Nursing, Ryevale Nursing Home, Leixlip), Pauline Kirby (Activities Coordinator, TLC Nursing Home, Straffan) and Brian Magennis (Clinical Nurse Specialist in Parkinson’s Disease, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital).
Person-centred Care: dignity and respect
Respect for the dignity of the person can lead to a better quality of life. Studies have shown that health can actually improve and people can cope better with illness when they are valued and treated with respect. The Government health strategy, Quality and Fairness – A Health System for You, published in 2001 by the Department of Health and Children, included dignity as a key element. “The vision adopted for the future health system places a high value on treating people with dignity and respect”.
Parkinson’s disease: optimising quality of life
The incidence of Parkinson’s Disease is 1% of the population aged 65-69 and it rises with age. The prevalence in residential care settings has been estimated at between 5 and 12%. In some cases the disease is unrecognised or under treated. The quality of life of many elderly patients can be improved by accurate diagnosis and adequate treatment.
The organisers gratefully acknowledge their sponsors: Forest Tosara, Norgine, Homecare Medical, Abbott Nutrition and Lundbeck.