Anita D'Mello

Resident Care Manager
Devonshire Seniors Community


Anita D'Mello is a Resident Care Manager at Devonshire Seniors Community. She is a Registered Nurse and has completed her Masters in Nursing Practice Development from Manchester Metropolitan University of United Kingdom. Anita's nursing career includes 18 years of nursing experience across long term care, acute care, and palliative care in various clinical and managerial roles with the bulk of her nursing career focused in Geriatrics.
Anita is committed to excellence in palliative care and she has spent more than 8 years of her nursing career focusing on education, leadership and research as well as ensuring that patients, families and health care providers have access to expertise in palliative care.


Problem Identification: Park Place Seniors Living serves older adults living with chronic, life-limiting illnesses and has therefore worked to create a culture of learning and practice that integrates a palliative approach into care and service delivery. This presentation will speak to our journey. Background: A palliative approach in residential care involves adapting and integrating principles and values from palliative care into the care of older adults living with life-limiting conditions. This blending of chronic disease management and palliative care is well suited to the residential care sector. Implementing a palliative approach in residential care requires an "upstream" orientation to care delivery that addresses the needs of the residents and their families related to the advancing nature of their illness experiences. This approach necessitates partnership in care delivery with the resident, family and the care team to address these needs.

3 Learning Objectives

1. Enhance understanding for what a palliative approach can look like in Residential Care Gain understanding for why it is so important to have a palliative approach in Residential Care

2. Gain knowledge around the Palliative Approach Toolkit developed and implemented across the Park Place organisation

3. Learn more about implementing practical conversation tips