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Dementia Care at Mid Essex Hospitals

WELCOME

The Trust recognises that being admitted to hospital can be an unsettling and disorientating experience for anyone but this can be more difficult if you have dementia.


We are determined that you and your relative/carer are shown understanding, treated with dignity and respect and helped to maintain well-being and as much independence as possible whilst remaining at the centre of all decisions which need to be made.

Most importantly, if there is anything you are concerned or worried about or that you don’t understand, please ask one of the doctors or trained nurses who will be pleased to help and can also make contact with the Dementia Specialist if required.

Each area and department also has appointed Dementia Champions who have received specific training and will be able to support you and your relative/carer with any aspect of dementia care.

The Trust is committed to ensuring dementia is diagnosed as early in the disease process as possible. This is essential to enable people’s access to the appropriate care, support and treatment available.

 

NUTRITION

Mealtime Companions

These are volunteers that help at mealtimes on the wards. They will support you with encouragement to eat and drink and assist with meals, as well as having a chat. This makes mealtimes a much more pleasurable, social experience- especially for those who may be reluctant to eat or take a long time finishing their meals.

Relatives and Carers

It can be upsetting and stressful to see your relative declining food and drink. Bringing in familiar food and snacks from home can often help stimulate their appetite and interest in food. Using the "This is Me" booklets provided and informing the nursing staff on the ward, we can identify the person’s food preferences. Family and carers are often welcome on the wards at mealtimes, if the person needs assistance with meals.

Help for carers:

Support for Carers in the community is available from national and local services which include:

National websites:

The local Carer support charity for Mid-Essex is Action for Family Carers who can be contacted on 01621 851640.They provide services such as support groups, training and advocacy and full details are at http://www.affc.org.uk/

There is a Hospital Link Worker employed by Action for Family Carers who is based at Broomfield Hospital from Monday – Friday and who can be contacted directly on 07825 810938.

 

This is me

This Is Me’ is a simple and practical tool that people with dementia (or their family/friends) can use to tell staff about their needs, preferences, likes, dislikes and interests.

Please ask for a copy of this document on arrival at the hospital and complete with your relative. If you are unable to, we will ask your relative to do this on your behalf.

This will enable health and social care professionals to see the person as an individual and deliver person-centred care that is tailored specifically to your needs.

 

Dementia Carers Questionnaire (Q11 and 12)

 

11. Overall, how satisfied were you with the support provided to you as a carer for a person with Dementia?  On a scale of 1 to 5 - 1 very dissatisfied and 5 is very satisfied
  1 2 3 4 5 Not recorded
Apr-14 0% 25% 25% 25% 25% n=1
May-14 0% 0% 25% 25% 50% n=0
Jun-14 5% 5% 10% 20% 60% n=1

  

12. How likely are you to recommend this ward to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?
  Extremely likely Likely *Neither Likely nor unlikely Unlikely *Extremely unlikely Don’t know
Apr-14 20% 40% 0% 0% 0% 40%
May-14 50% 25% 0% 0% 0% 25%
Jun-14 70% 15% 10% 0% 0% 5%

 

Putting Care into Dementia Care


This training film from Healthwatch Essex has been brought together with the collaboration of campaigner Tommy Whitelaw and nurses at Broomfield Hospital.

Please Click Here to watch the film

Carers Questionnaire


To download a copy of the carers questionnaire please click on the link below:

Carers Questionnaire

Dementia Policy :


To download a copy of the Dementia Policy please click on the link below:

Dementia Policy 2.0