Presentation on theme: "1 New Models of Care The Social Club Model Presented by Mary Bolger, Services Manager (Kildare/West Wicklow) Alzheimer Society of Ireland."— Presentation transcript:
1 New Models of Care The Social Club Model Presented by Mary Bolger, Services Manager (Kildare/West Wicklow) Alzheimer Society of Ireland
2 Presentation outline Examine the origin of the social clubs Outline the study design and procedure Present the literature supporting the social clubs Present the core elements of what makes the model unique Reflect staff and members experience Discuss future developments and implications for policy and practice
3 Social Clubs Origin Identification of unmet need No service for both PWD and spouse/carer Carers socially isolated The Social Club Meeting once a week Outing every second week Informal and loose structure
4 Study Design and Procedure Small scale –mixed quantitative and qualitative Postal survey to members and staff Feedback of themes to one club Interviews with key stakeholders Analysed for themes
5 Supporting Literature Dementia and effect on caregiver Increased rate of stress/depression More socially isolated Requires continuous adaptation to change Loss of confidant Social Support and Caring stress buffering qualities More significant in the elderly
6 Supporting Literature Alzheimer Café Model Underlying vision of living with dementia Meeting places for PWD and their families, carers Social and educational Couple Identity and Couplehood
9 Couple Identity and Couplehood Couple Identity being part of a couple as being part of ones identity (Beeson, 2003) Losing this identity is a real threat – to carer and to person with dementia Celebrating personhood may require the celebration of couplehood Doing things together – couple receives recognition; carer receives support
10 Unique Elements of Social Clubs Embrace couplehood Informal structure Worry-free socialising Outings Members as opposed to Service- Users Sense of belonging
11 Reflections – members of the club it makes you realise youre not on your own as a couple it allows us to meet others with similar interests outings with security of knowing support and help is at hand
12 Reflections – facilitators of the club Forget the formal stuff. People are lonely and they want to talk to others in the same boat The person with dementia…..have a contribution to make from a social point of view….very important for self-esteem great friendships have been born and we as a group have shared some very happy and emotional days together
13 Future Developments Expansion of social club model to other regions Without losing uniqueness of each group to function as their members desire Multiple benefits, value for money Investing in staff and resources
14 Implications for Practice Some Questions Should service models continue to separate the couple? Which is more beneficial for spouse – a break away from PWD or a break with them, with no responsibility for care needs? By having spouse involved – do we share the duty of care? Are the club and traditional service models mutually exclusive or mutually beneficial?
15 Implications for Policy Traditional approach needs to be critically analysed Policy shift from providing services onto to in conjunction with Maintaining couple as central to all discussions regarding care Re-examine models and further research into emerging models
16 Frankie Muriel Adrienne Jean Maurice Margaret Jenny Monday Club, Bray Friday Club, Rathfarnham Monday Club, Athy Mary Patricia Leslie Sr Peig Grainne Helena
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