Hope for Home

In June 2015, we partnered with Hospice UK in publishing a substantial and comprehensive report about hospice-enabled dementia care.
Beginning with a year-long funding project in 2013, we set about to identify areas of excellence in dementia care delivered by hospices in the UK.

Our report, Hospice Enabled Dementia Care: the first steps, was a guide to help hospices establish care for people with dementia, their families and carers.

It includes an executive toolkit to help those hospice leaders who might wish to develop new services for people with dementia and their carers, listing examples of current good practice so that people interested in replicating services elsewhere may have a point of reference.
The report was launched at a special Hospice UK conference devoted to dementia in Birmingham England in March 2015.

This event included expert speakers from across the UK as well as two of our Trustees.

At the conference another charity, St James’ Place Foundation, announced that it was releasing grants of up to a maximum of £30,000, with an overall total of £300,000 being made available to hospices in the UK for new projects related to the care of people with dementia and their carers.

One requirement to receive the grant being that each project proposal had to include evidence that the project was going to carry out the best practice as advised in the joint Hope for Home–Hospice UK report.

Following the conference, Hospice UK started a special interest group for people involved with dementia care which met for the first time in June 2015.

Meetings are held quarterly, and this group is already receiving much interest and support from across the UK.

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