Someone with dementia may be admitted to a general or specialist hospital ward either as part of a planned procedure, such as a cataract operation, or following an accident, such as a fall. Hospital environments can be disorientating and frightening for a person with dementia and may make them more confused than usual. The person might find the ward loud and unfamiliar, and may not understand why they are there.
However, there is much that can be done to help them adapt to the new environment. Increasingly, where there are wards specifically equipped and staffed to meet and treat the needs of older people, there will be attention to the ward design, equipment, processes and routines which acknowledge the needs of people with cognitive impairment and dementia.
- Dementia core skills education and training frameworkOctober 29 2015This framework published by Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for all staff involved in dementia care.
- Dementia Atlas: Putting a focus on dementiaAugust 16 2016The Dementia Atlas is an interactive map that plots data about dementia care and support, allowing people to compare the quality of dementia care across the country.
- How living with dementia could beSeptember 2 2016This short animated video highlights how living with dementia could be through the 'well pathway for dementia'. It shows the importance of a holistic partnership approach to supporting the person with dementia, their families and carers within local community settings.
- Duty of Candour: Information for all providersMarch 15 2015This document published by the Care Quality Commission sets out how meeting the Duty of Candour regulation will be central to both registration and inspection for NHS bodies and all other care providers regulated by the CQC.
- Choosing your hospitalMarch 12 2014Most patients can choose which hospital they are seen in according to what matters most to them, whether it's location, waiting times, reputation, clinical performance, visiting policies, parking facilities or other patients' comments.
- Pain in People with Dementia: A Silent TragedyJanuary 7 2015This report, published by Napp Pharmaceuticals, draws on a survey of interviews with experts, major providers of care, and on desk research. It quantifies the problem and sets out the issues in recognising, assessing and managing pain in people with dementia.
- Cracks in the pathwayOctober 30 2014This report presents the findings of a Care Quality Commission review of the care people living with dementia receive as they moved between care homes and acute hospitals.
- Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020February 21 2015The Prime Minister recently launched the government’s five year vision for the future of dementia care, support and research, which follows on from the existing Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, launched in March 2012.
- Making a Difference in Dementia: Nursing StrategyMarch 15 2013This nursing vision and strategy for dementia care, published by the Department of Health, makes clear that every nurse can make a difference to the care of people with dementia.
- New models of care for dementiaApril 9 2012This report proposes a new understanding of the dementia journey and a revised model of care for dementia, aimed at improving experiences and outcomes, and informing service redesign and commissioning.
- HealthwatchHealthwatch England is the national consumer champion in health and care. We have significant statutory powers to ensure the voice of the consumer is strengthened and heard by those who commission, deliver and regulate health and care services.Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH03000 683 email@example.com://www.healthwatch.co.uk
- Health Education EnglandHealth Education England (HEE) works across England to deliver high quality education and training for a better health and healthcare workforce.1st Floor, Blenheim House, Duncombe Street, Leeds, LS1 4PLhee.firstname.lastname@example.org://hee.nhs.uk/
- Care home enablement serviceGiving people the time and space to re-learn skills they may have lost due to poor health and impairment is the aim of the care home enablement service.North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ01275 888 email@example.com://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/Social%20care/community_care/Pages/Care-home-enablement-FAQs.aspx
- Weston General Hospital specialist palliative care serviceThe specialist palliative care service aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life threatening illness through the prevention of and relief of suffering.Weston General Hospital, Grange Road, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 4TQ01934 647155http://www.waht.nhs.uk