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Ambitious plans will see hospital at forefront of dementia care

19 May 2016

Health Care

This week (15 - 21 May) is Dementia Awareness Week and to celebrate this, the hospital has been holding a host of activities to raise awareness of the disease as well as boost our new dementia appeal.

Our appeal aims to raise £100,000 to provide two therapeutic and interactive day rooms at the hospital, as well as specialist hearing aids, bed and chair sensors, mobile sensory units and reminiscence items such as memory boxes.

There are almost one million people living in the UK with dementia and it is estimated that over 25% of patients in hospital have the condition, often struggling with unfamiliar environments which can lead to a decline in their mental well-being.

The hospital has developed an ambitious strategy for dementia care and the main priorities include: early diagnosis, excellent clinical care and treatment; create a culture of excellent, compassionate care across the trust; embed a culture that always involves and engages carer as partners in care; and create a dementia friendly hospital with secure, safe, homely and comfortable social and therapeutic environments

Matron for elderly care services at the hospital, Kylie Locke, said: "Over this past week it has been very exciting to see the engagement from staff, volunteers, carers, and relatives to ensure we raise awareness of dementia. We are committed to ensure people living with dementia and their carers and relatives, have a good experience when accessing the hospital's services. We are striving to make trust-wide improvements to ensure Southend Hospital is at the forefront of dementia care."

If you're worried that you, or someone close to you might have dementia, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk for advice and support.

Find out more about our dementia appeal here: http://bit.ly/dementiaappealleaflet

PHOTO: Windsor ward staff hosted a 'good old British knees-up' with refreshments provided by our local Sainsbury's colleagues.