2018 LEADERS IN CARE: INNOVATORS IN CARE: JACKIE POOL, DIRECTOR OF MEMORY CARE, SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING UK AND GRACEWELL HEALTHCARE

Jackie Pool

At Sunrise and Gracewell, Jackie leads on shaping and delivery of memory care and is also the strategic lead for programming and activities across their care homes. 

Jackie has earned international recognition as an innovator in the field of dementia care, working at the cutting edge of evidenced best practice, and is regularly published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks – including the Journal of Dementia Care, the Journal of Care Services Management, and Nursing and Residential Care.

Jackie is currently developing a sector-leading memory care strategy for Sunrise and Gracewell. She is at the forefront of thinking on this subject, having developed the innovative concept of ‘Rementia’, focused on reversing the symptoms of early-onset dementia. Jackie has continued for the last six years to work with the University of Exeter on research programmes for evidencing the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation for people with early to moderate dementia and is currently part of the three year GREAT- into Practice study, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society to investigate the impact of cognitive rehabilitation services.

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This year she is supporting three Sunrise communities to participate in this ground-breaking research, with the aim of enabling residents with early dementia to live in the Assisted Living Neighbourhoods for longer – by improving and maintaining their abilities. Jackie is the author of the Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument: a reliable and valid cognitive assessment tool that is used internationally and she has a new book due for publication in November, which develops understanding of the potential of cognitive rehabilitation approaches for people with dementia.

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