KWNC believes that the assessment and referral services of Memory Clinic will help to soothe dementia related issues
Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) organized a press conference for the 5th Anniversary of "Benevolence Lights up my Later Life: A Tailored Meta-programme to Face with Ageing Population in Macau" at its Nursing & Health Education Research Centre in Mong Ha Campus on 12 December, 2016. KWNC will continue to gradually open elderly caregiver training programmes at different levels so as to nurture more future professionals as well as to enhance public awareness and knowledge of dementia, life education and palliative care.
The press conference was hosted by College President Van Iat Kio, Professor Zhu Mingxia, Associate Professor Zeng Wen and Associate Professor Leong Sok Man.
To comply with the College's integrated development of teaching, research and social service, further promotion of the Memory Clinic and hotline service under the "Benevolence Lights up my Later Life" project will be taken place. For instance, cognitive assessment training for older persons at elderly homes, life education seminars or workshops, research works on care for caregivers, life education and palliative care, chronic disease nursing, etc. will be implemented. It is hoped that relevant resources can be allocated to training for nurses at different levels so as to allow students to learn more comprehensively and master their elderly nursing competences. In addition, KWNC will further strengthen the infrastructure of Memory Clinic for example by deploying assessors to elderly homes for free cognitive screening, offering all-round cognitive assessments to positive cases, providing referral services, following up cognitive training by nursing students and volunteers, as well as opening in-home caregiver training. Furthermore, KWNC will stress life education for different population including university, secondary and primary students as well as adults. KWNC will also explore the feasibility of establishing medical guidance for relevant fields so as to facilitate the understanding and acceptance of palliative care and meanings of life.
In terms of training for elderly caregivers, KWNC will gradually open degree and short-term diploma programmes on relevant field, of which a master's programme specialized in elderly nursing jointly organized with Sun Yat-sen University as well as a Certified Dementia Care Planner (CDCP) Course will be launched next year. The CDCP Course is open for doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, counsellors and other professionals. Interested parties can visit KWNC webpage for more course details.