SPICE: Sustainable Personalised Interventions for Cognition, Care & Engagement
SPICE is a 12-week evidence-based multicomponent program tailored to meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers, including physical activity, social engagement, nutrition assessment and carer education and capacity building.
"… it's a program to help the carers and the carers to cope with the dementia, but also to give the dementia patients social connection, enjoyment, yeah .... Laughter. You know, I haven't heard [participant] laugh for years, you know, for ages, that's just extraordinary you know." - Carer
"The program, I think, provided a lot of information, and so I learned a lot of new skills to support [participant]. And I understand more about dementia and those skills, I think [are] really useful for me in the future, now, or in the future. So because I knew more about dementia it means I can [be] able to take care of [participant] better." - Carer
"I think it is a wonderfully constructed program hitting every aspect, incredibly well thought out by people who really care about what they're doing, and it's the care aspect and the sheer dedication. …[clinicians] just wholeheartedly giving themselves and enjoying it on the way." - Carer
With positive and measurable outcomes collectively from these programs, the project has the potential to become part of standard care in the ACT, and to set an example for dementia care services Australia-wide.
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