Michele Board and Patricia Mc Parland represented BUDI as keynote speakers at the recent Brendoncare annual event. Brendoncare is a large charity in the south of England dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people. They currently have 10 care centres across the South of England including their first total care living centre. More recently they have decided to prioritise dementia care and this was the focus of the 2012 annual event.
After a joint presentation on BUDI’s aims and recent work, Patricia presented a paper on how the general public understands and responds to dementia, while Michele presented a paper on the meaning of home and the implications of this for people with dementia. The feedback from Brendoncare is that the presentations were both stimulating and challenging. There was a great deal of interest in both BUDI and the specific pieces of work.
BUDI are currently working with Brendoncare on the development of a shared care facility for people with dementia and a KTP associate post has just been advertised for a Dementia Care Analyst. The successful person will work to lead and embed within the company an understanding of the critical dimensions required for creating a ‘Shared Care’ dementia complex.