Dementia Friendly Care

 

Dementia Friendly Care in our Hospitals

Across Morecambe Bay we're working hard to make a difference when it comes to dementia care; using innovation and collaboration we're tackling the condition in a variety of ways.

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Tea parties are helping dementia patients at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary eat and drink more

 

 

 

 

 

What is Dementia?

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with
thinking, problem-solving or language. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.

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"Twiddlemuffs" a knitted muff with items attached so that a patient with dementia can twiddle in their hands.

Patient Centred Care

When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. The people closest to them - including their carers, friends and family - need to do everything they can to help the person to retain their sense of identity and feelings of self-worth

We aim to deliver care centred around the needs of the person with dementia. Its important that we involve not only the person themselves, but their families and carers in the assessment,  care planning and updates on the care we give.

Now open - The Bay Dementia Hub offering information on the aims and ambition of the country's first dedicated drop in "one stop shop" for advice and information on dementia.

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And it's about to come to Barrow too with the launch on Friday October 7th at Forum 28 of the new Barrow Dementia Action Alliance.

Butterfly Scheme

As members of the Butterfly Scheme, we offer, with consent, an option of joining for people who come into hospital with dementia, acute or longstanding memory problems and confusion.

With the aid of a discrete butterfly, it allows all staff to know that the person may need extra care and attention, and above all are always safe. The butterfly is then put on their electronic record for any future needs.

We aim to offer a forget me not passport of care for every inpatient admission. This is completed by the families and carers, telling us how to care for the person in their unique way, offering individual detail to give that personalized approach.

UHMBT ensures all clinical staff complete dementia awareness training through our Butterfly Scheme, together with expert facilitators trained at University of Stirling delivering classroom based teaching for Alied Health Professionals with accreditation

Our Registered Nurses are offered an Older Person Pathway Training Programme managed by the Matron for Dementia.

Dementia Menu
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UHMBT offers a  dementia menu for those who need it, and is unique to the Trust.

With support from identification through the Butterfly Scheme, it encourages family and carers to be involved in choosing from the menu and helping at mealtimes, as they know the person best.

The menu offers lighter meal options, such as foods which need reduced supervision and can be eaten without cutlery.

It also provides the opportunity for patients have snacks, eating “little and often” as needed.

The menu provides extra nutrition as needed, whilst ensuring a dignified approach to mealtimes.

Dementia Buddy Scheme

Thanks to a generous donation from the Royal Voluntary Service, we have launched a new dementia buddy programme at the Trust. There was a very positive response from the general public and we now have a waiting list for dementia buddy volunteers.

Our dementia buddy will help in-patients with activities to trigger happy memories, as well as providing companionship and reading to them.

Dementia Buddy Programme

Dementia Champions

Each clinical area should have a dementia champion to support dementia awareness. This will include updating staff on how person centred support can be given, be a point of contact for families and carers, and ensuring clinical practice is up to date for their areas.

For every unplanned admission, everyone aged 75 or more is screened for frailty which always includes dementia or cognitive impairment (confusion memory problems). All patients who are identified as frail on the screen are now entitled to comprehensive geriatric assessment which is a complete assessment of needs and involves family and carers, to a complete history of the person. This is done by a Care of the Elderly Team, who can be found at both Royal Lancaster Informary and at Furness General Hospital.

Contact Us

The Care of the Elderly team can be reached on the following numbers:

FGH - 07815 003764

RLI - 07815 003765

Dianne Smith is the Matron for Dementia at UHMBT. Her role is to manage the Care of the Elderly Teams, ensure person centred, safe and dignified care is delivered throughout the trust, by training and development of staff, appropriate dementia friendly environments, and high quality standards are maintained.

You can contact Dianne via email at Dianne.Smith@mbht.nhs.uk or on the following number, 07805895862.

Last reviewed August 2016

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