April Dobson

The Abbeyfield Society

April undertook nurse training at St Luke’s Hospital, Guilford and worked for a number of years for a global medical company. Prior to Abbeyfield she spent 11 years working for a national provider of housing for older people. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and holds a diploma in housing alongside diplomas in Leadership Management and Coaching and Mentoring. She is also a qualified Dementia Practice Development Coach.

In 2016 April developed Abbeyfield’s ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ programme which won the prestigious LaingBuisson award for excellence in dementia care and Worcester University’s (Association for Dementia Studies) Hennell award. She also developed Abbeyfield’s approach to dementia care, EMBRACE, which focuses on areas where we can make a positive difference to the individual lives of people living with dementia.

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Implementing dementia care coaches in care homes

Over the last 12 months, the Abbeyfield Society has taken a fresh look at dementia care training. This presentation describes the process and impact of the implementation of an evidence-based coaching /education intervention (Brooker et al 2015) on staff and residents.