Friday, 20 May 2016

Dementia Awareness Week

Written by Sara Deakin, practice development matron for older people and dementia.

As dementia awareness week comes to an end I would like to thank all the dementia champions who have worked hard to help raise awareness.

Highlights from the week include visits to City Hospital and QMC by the Alzheimer’s Society dementia roadshow. The roadshow gave carers, visitors and staff the opportunity to ask questions, learn about the services available to them and receive information and support.

Wards put together amazing information displays, reminiscence pictures and moving poems to help engage with patients’ memories and past experience.

Afternoon teas, quizzes, music sessions and cake sales have raised money to support dementia care.

The newly appointed activity therapists went out delivering activity sessions on a number of wards across both sites. Our thanks go to Nottingham Hospitals Charity for funding activity boxes for the activity therapists team to provide meaningful activities for people with dementia when they are in hospital.

Katie Moore continues to promote the importance of supporting carers of people with dementia and Anna Lindstrand from the audiology team is doing amazing work to support people with dementia and hearing loss.

While dementia awareness week may end for us it does not end for people who have dementia or their families and carers. Dementia is a progressive illness with no known cure. We need to continue to raise awareness, provide training and education for staff and ensure we provide the best possible care to people with dementia.

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