We were delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor the recent Dementia and Palliative Care Conference hosted by Rowcroft Hospice at Buckfast Abbey, Devon. There are many good reasons for our involvement: the reasons why we established Friends Helping at Home, our working relationships with local hospices and practitioners, and to be part of the conversations around the future development and requirements in supporting those with dementia and palliative care.

The conference, the first of its kind to be hosted by Rowcroft Hospice attracted regional, national and international speakers, experts in their respective field who provided insights into the challenges and solutions in providing better care.

A conference takeaway, that the current system and way of providing care isn’t working in the way that it should and that there are better initiative ways of providing person centred care and we were provided with case studies and many examples of different approaches that improve lives.

It was also affirming to have discussed the Friends Helping at Home business model with experts and how a person centred approach that allows client and their families choice, continuity – with a no stranger policy – and the time to care.    We are keen to continue and be a small part in the wider conversations and to be part of the change that it needed in the care sector.