Dementia friends

Thursday, 9 February 2017

 

Cath Brummit, Deputy Sister, is our Dementia Friends Champion here at the Hospice and will help us to meet the needs of patients with dementia and provide dementia training to staff.

Talking about the importance of raising awareness of dementia, Cath said:

‘In an ageing population, more people are being diagnosed with dementia than ever before, so it’s essential that as a Hospice we are dementia friendly.’

Cath led a staff training session for non-clinical staff in January which was very well received. The one hour session included information about how the mind of someone with dementia works and what we can do to help people who have the condition, both in the Hospice and out in the community. Staff also played ‘dementia bingo’ where they learnt key facts about dementia, and took part in a group task dispelling myths about the illness.

Anne Giblin in fundraising attended the training and said “The training was very informative; it made me think about how people with dementia see the world differently to others and how everyday tasks can be more difficult. Since the training, I have signed up to become a dementia friend. I would definitely encourage others to do the same.”

To support patients with dementia, Incare is now using the ‘This is Me’ tool; a document for patients to complete to tell staff about their needs, interests, preferences, likes and dislikes just once, which causes less confusion and distress. Signage identifies where the toilet, shower and wardrobes are. We also have dementia clocks, which have a bigger clock face, tell you the date and whether it’s day or night.

During a recent visit to the Hospice, John Jagger, from Doosan Babcock Energy, spoke to our Clinical Services Manager about care for patients with dementia. He really connected with the issues and generously arranged for Doosan Babcock Energy to donate six special dementia clocks.

John, and his team at Doosan Babcock Energy, have been fantastic supporters of the Hospice - this is just one of the ways they have helped our patients recently.

To find out more about dementia and to become a dementia friend visit:

www.dementiaaction.org.uk

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