I am a PhD Student and Occupational Therapist (OT), working in the Totton and Lyndhurst Integrated Care Team, and passionate about improving quality of life for people living with dementia. My particular area of interest, and topic of research, is facilitating people with dementia to eat and drink in acute hospitals, reducing the risk of malnutrition and dehydration along with their negative implications on quality of life and the health service. The initial stage of the research will comprise of an observational study, using the Dementia Care Mapping tool, to conceptualise the facilitators and barriers to adequate nutritional intake in acute hospital wards. As an OT I am an avid believer in maintaining functional independence and the ability to engage in meaningful activity for as long as possible, using environment, communication and compassion. My aim is that my research and clinical development will contribute to improved quality of life, quality of care and a well needed change of attitude towards people living with dementia.
Projects by Naomi Gallant