The project was aiming to find out information about the sleep quality of patients with dementia and their carers. There was interest in this area because previous research has found that sleep disturbances in this group have been linked to poorer physical health outcomes; carer physical and emotional role limitations; mental health health-related quality of life. Sleep disturbance associated with caring for someone with dementia has also been reported to be a major reason for institutionalisation.
To implement ‘Living & Dying Well’ across all settings in Aberdeenshire. A dedicated Project Manager was appointed to facilitate implementation of Living & Dying Well in Aberdeenshire. Previous work had focused on Aberdeenshire Care Homes which had been very successful in raising awareness of the identification, assessment and ongoing review of palliative patients using a facilitative, rather than an instructional approach. This had demonstrated that cross boundary working is possible and positive. There was a need to extend this approach to other primary care, social care, voluntary and independent care settings in order to provide all staff with the confidence they need to carry out effective, person centered palliative care for older people.