Dementia - Moving forward with dignity and respect
A diagnosis of dementia is life changing for the patient, their family and friends. But the diagnosis does not mean that life is over, just different. With preparation and understanding you can face the challenges head on. No one should to cope with dementia alone.
January 2016 - January 2020
Charity information: Dudley Group NHS Charity
Dementia is very rarely the reason why someone is admitted to hospital; patients can arrive in ED after an accident and may need calming or they may be in Outpatients having a blood test. Without the attention of specialist Dementia Care staff patients living with dementia can often get disorientated, distressed and even aggressive. Lack of understanding from staff at any level can hinder the progress of treatment and recovery. The stark clinical environment is also disruptive.
The appeal will enable us to:
• provide specially designed areas within the hospital to create an informal, less clinical, environment;
• ensure our team of Dementia Care Specialists have the training and facilities to support patients all over the hospital;
• purchase the resources we need for reminiscence therapy, for example DVD’s of old films and ‘Memory Jogger’ puzzles;
• support family members so they can care for loved ones in the safe and familiar environment of their own home.
To develop specially designed spaces around the hospital where patients can reminisce and relax.
Activities» To develop areas which can be made less clinical, using retro furnishings, music and memorabilia. These spaces can also be used for family visiting.
We shall have established areas, fully designed and well equipped. A relaxed care environment can increase the well-being of our dementia patients and will speed up recovery.
To make simple changes to the day to day life of our patients can also offer peace of mind.
Activities» To enable staff to purchase items to improve the immediate environment of our patients. This includes specialist signage for toilets and wash areas.
» To raise awareness of the usefulness of knitted twiddlemuffs and alternative, unusual distraction methods.
Adding pictured signs around the ward can help reduce confusion and encourage orientation. Signage is also a vital safety aid, whilst also encouraging a level of independence.
We want to make sure that caregivers receive all the information and support they need.
Activities» We would like to make funds available to our Dementia Care Team to purchase printed material for support and advice to give families and carers.
» We would like to ensure that all our Dementia Care Team have the training they need to support families to help someone living with dementia.
Empowering the caregivers with correct resources will add confidence to patients, families and medical staff, and will also create continuity for the patient.
The amount of people living with Dementia is on the increase and the better equipped we are, the better care our patients will receive. Conventional methods of care do not always work and, by embracing all the new technology and knowledge will put us in the best place to move forward. Not only for our patients and their families, but for the myriad of staff around the hospital who are treating the primary cause of their visit.
There are no risks relating to this project. The improvement of environment and resources can only create a better hospital stay for our patients.
We can show photos of the areas developed. There will be reports on the changing methods of working for our staff. Printed materials, purchased for family members, can be provided. Most importantly we would welcome a visit to show you what we are doing to improve our patients stay with us.
Budget - Project Cost: £6,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,000 Space Development Refurbishment of two rooms and an area within our Emergency Department £1,500 Environment To puchase a mobile retro screen to put aside the bed £1,000 Staff Training To enable as many staff as possible to receive specialist dementia awareness training £500 Leaflets So families can feel supported and knowledgable
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Ongoing online Appeal (additional to above) £5,000 Guaranteed
Within Russells Hall Hospital mainly. But also to offer support to sufferers out in our local community.
All patients who live with dementia within the Dudley Borough and surrounding area.
The Families of dementia sufferers.
The staff who treat patients suffering from dementia.
Because we are the main hospital charity and we work very closely with our staff and are understanding of their needs.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Lead Specialist in Dementia and Mental Care for the Trust