6 April 2017
By Tom O’Sullivan
Every year in Ireland thousands of older adults are admitted to residential care. Saint Luke’s Charity, Cork which has been involved in this type of care since 1872 hosted a conference today for healthcare professionals, particularly those involved in residential care. The conference was organised by the charity’s education and research centre – Northridge House.
The conference, entitled ‘Resident – Staff – Family Relationships’ explored the emotive, challenging and complex relationships that arise when older adults are admitted to residential care. The conference also looked at how best to achieve positive outcomes for families, staff and particular residents themselves.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Bauer from Australia has conducted extensive research and published in this area.
This 5th Annual Conference acknowledged and addressed the family’s emotive journey, and will encourage the conference participants to nurture positive staff-family relationships by providing an insight into how this might occur, discussing and demonstrating strategies which work and pitfalls to avoid at different points in the resident’s journey.