Dementia and Palliative Care Conference aims to define the future of dementia care in the South West

Rowcroft Hospice is proud to be hosting a pioneering event in partnership with The Ness Care Group – the first-ever Dementia and Palliative Care Conference in the South West.

Scheduled for Tuesday 26 March 2024 at the Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, the event is part of a pioneering initiative where experts, caregivers and thought leaders will converge to share knowledge, spark dialogue and shape a future where every individual affected by dementia receives the dignity and support they deserve.

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The leading cause of death in the UK

Acknowledging that dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK, Rowcroft recognises the profound impact of dementia within the local community. The conference aims to facilitate a collective conversation around best practices, innovative approaches and developing future strategies.

Advancements in dementia care

The conference aims to delve into the latest advancements and innovations in dementia, prevention, care and treatment that highlight the latest research into dementia and shine a light on the vital role of palliative care in enhancing the quality of life for individuals living with dementia.

Distinguished speakers and experts

The conference will include national and international experts and key speakers including Nathan Davies, Associate Professor of Ageing and Applied Health Research at University College London, who commented:

“Access to good care for people with dementia towards the end of life is so important. We need to deliver solutions that focus on the person and their individual needs.”

Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research and Publications at Dementia UK is also a keynote speaker at the conference. She said:

“People with dementia are no different from their peers without a diagnosis, in that they too desire to maintain independence and autonomy for as long as possible.”

Community support

Hospice chief executive Mark Hawkins said “We are incredibly proud to care for our community and want to ensure specialist, quality end-of-life care is available to everyone who needs us, irrespective of diagnosis, circumstance or background.”

By organising this conference, we are not only advancing our knowledge and expertise in this critical field but also showcasing Rowcroft’s commitment to innovation and excellence in dementia and palliative support”.

Unveiling the Hogeweyk® model in dementia care

Eloy van Hal, the Senior Advisor and Founder of The Hogeweyk®, will also address the conference. He pioneered this groundbreaking facility, the first of its kind globally, dedicated to housing people with advanced dementia. The Hogeweyk®, in The Netherlands is designed as a village complete with a town square, supermarket, hairdressers, theatre, pub, café-restaurant, and 27 houses. It has received numerous accolades for its inventive design and distinctive care approach.

The Ness Care Group, leading specialists in dementia across Devon, are supporting the conference and Jonathan Hanbury, Founder & CEO said “We are on the cusp of an elderly care crisis in the South West and it is imperative that we start talking and planning for a future that enables those at risk of frailty to live well for their entire life.  That is why we are so proud to be partnering with Rowcroft and bringing dementia innovation to the forefront of the agenda through this pioneering event”.

Many more speakers are confirmed for the day and tickets can be purchased here

Early bird registration open

Early bird registration is now open until the end of February 2024, offering attendees a discounted rate of £149, inclusive of VAT and Eventbrite fees.

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