Dementia is a common condition that affects about 800,000 people in the UK. Due to an ageing population the number of people living with dementia is expected to double by 2050.
The term 'dementia' is an umbrella term used to describe certain diseases which result in an ongoing decline of the brain's ability to function usually without cure. This includes Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Common symptoms include memory loss, changes in mood, problems with communication and problem solving.
We have been working on various initiatives to improve our dementia services with many more planned for 2014/2015, these include: •Normal system for gathering information pertinent for a person with dementia and recruited two Specialist Dementia Therapists.
- Rolled out the Butterfly Scheme to improve identification of people with dementia and their needs.
- The Trust increased awareness and training through staff induction and an older person's study day delivered in collaboration with mental health liaison.
- Funding for a full-time Specialist Dementia Nurse for 2014/15 was secured
- Introducing an Older Persons Assessment Liaison service specifically aimed at the frail elderly which encompasses the early assessment of people with dementia and improved communication with families and carers.
- Refurbishing our older persons ward to ensure the ward is dementia friendly
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