Celebrating the Extraordinary Career of Jackie Pool: A True Dementia Care Champion | QCS

Celebrating the Extraordinary Career of Jackie Pool: A True Dementia Care Champion

February 29, 2024

When reflecting on Jackie Pool, several descriptors spring to mind: innovator, author, teacher, and advocate. Yet, above all, she stands as a true beacon of inspiration.

Jackie boasts a remarkable 40-year career filled with extraordinary achievements and notable milestones. From starting out as an occupational therapist to developing a life-changing tool to improve the lives of people living with dementia, there is no doubt that her dedication has left an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals.

As we announce her well-deserved retirement, it is only fitting that we celebrate her contributions to the social care workforce, life at QCS, and beyond. Jackie’s pioneering spirit led to the creation of the PAL Instrument, a groundbreaking tool for assessing cognitive and function abilities. This innovation has transformed dementia care practices, providing caregivers with invaluable insights to enhance the quality of life for those under their care.

Beyond her practical contributions, Jackie’s literary works has provided a wealth of knowledge and inspiration in the field of dementia care. Her books and articles have not only informed but have also ignited passion among caregivers worldwide.

With an unshakeable commitment to advocacy, Jackie has dedicated countless hours to webinars, conferences, and shows; passionately championing the cause of dementia care. Her tireless efforts have boosted awareness, sparked conversations, and empowered so many individuals.

Jackie’s leadership has galvanized a community of champions dedicated to advancing dementia care standards. Through collaboration and shared vision, the Dementia Champions Group has been instrumental in enabling easy access to information and has fostered a culture of compassion in dementia care.

Jackie’s illustrious career culminated in the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award  from The Journal of Dementia in November 2022. This well-earned accolade is a testament to her innovative spirit, and profound impact on the landscape of dementia care.

Her influence extends far beyond the confines of her professional endeavors. She has touched hearts and inspired minds, leaving an enduring legacy of compassion, empowerment, and hope. As colleagues and peers, we stand in awe of her exceptional journey.

As we bid farewell to Jackie Pool, we celebrate not only the incredible career she has built but also the beginning of a new chapter brimming with gratitude, admiration, and respect. Her legacy will continue to inspire and guide us as we strive to uphold the standards of excellence she has set forth.

Thank you, Jackie, for your dedication. Your influence will continue to resonate, illuminating the path for generations to come!


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