Ambitious plans will see hospital at forefront of dementia care
19 May 2016
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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