Over 845,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of dementia and it is reported that 25% of all hospital beds will be occupied by a patient with a type of dementia.
At the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital we are committed to supporting people with dementia and their carers, to enable them to live well with Dementia.
We have a dedicated Nurse Specialist who can advise and support staff, patients and carers.
Yvonne Weldon – 07816366320
Monday to Friday, 08.30 – 16.30
‘Dementia Champions’ are staff who have received additional training in dementia care, they are available in most departments and wards and can be identified by their yellow lanyard.
The ‘This is Me’ booklet is a booklet that we ask the carer to complete for us. This could be the main carer, or a family member who knows the person best. The information gives a short biography of the person with Dementia. It enables staff to use this information to support communication, distractions, understanding likes and dislikes whilst providing an insight into the person. This information can help staff better understand how they can care for a patient should the person become agitated or anxious in a more familiar and reassuring way.
Ward areas are continuously gathering items and equipment to use as part of distraction and stimulation therapy for the person with Dementia. This helps staff and volunteers engage in meaningful activities with the person with Dementia, we are encouraging carers to utilise the various equipment we have, to offer a more stimulating environment.
We appreciate this is a difficult time for carers and relatives, and fully understand the importance of your continued support for the person living with Dementia while they are in hospital.
You are advised to contact the ward manager to discuss the options available to enable communication, support and to discuss the restrictions on visiting in that department during this period.
Please contact the Dementia nurse specialist on 07816366320 should you require additional support.
People with Dementia may find it difficult to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings and faces, therefore we try to offer the main carer the chance to have unrestricted visiting. This enables the carer to be present at a time that is convenient for them and enables them to offer support to the person with Dementia, giving advice/guidance to staff, should they wish to. If you need to know more about this then please ask the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse.
The Dementia Care Project is a project which enables us to provide the right equipment and stimulation activities for patients with Dementia. It will encourage them to stay as active and independent as possible even though they are in hospital. The aim is to help them recover better and be well enough to go home. The project relies on volunteers and staff to engage in interactive stimulation through Music, craft or simple chatting and reminiscence.
Working with Bedfordshire Police, we are pleased to share their information gathering checklist to help assist with caring for individuals with Dementia.
The ‘Herbert Protocol’ is a short online form designed to help those suffering from Dementia, and offer peace of mind for their families. Should your vulnerable family member with dementia wander we have all the right tools to help find them efficiently and safely. Please click here to download the form.
The National Audit of Dementia (NAD) is a programme which looks at the care provided to people with dementia in general hospitals in England and Wales. They would like to find out about care that has taken place since lockdown (after 23 March 2020).