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The Auchie Renal Dialysis Unit is a regional referral centre for patients requiring complex haemodialysis. They have several patients who have developed dementia during their time there. […]
A recent Audit in the Division of Medicine, at this hospital showed that 49.6% of all inpatients showed signs of cognitive impairment, predominantly dementia and delirium. There was a need to bring activity and cognitive stimulation into these acute environments.
Dementia and Delirium Care is a key priority for the organisation. Improving the quality of care for our patients must be achieved through taking advantage of innovative ways of engaging and personalising care and improving opportunities for social interaction.
Staff working at the hospital have long been feeling that the individual’s suffering from dementia or similar cognitive impairments needed more opportunities to engage with meaningful activities and entertainment.
St Giles Hospice, a registered charity, offers specialist care in a variety of settings for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses, as well as providing support for their families and helpers. The care is provided free of charge, irrespective of personal circumstances.
A care package was put together to provide the necessary support that was required, however levels of distress still ensued when the patient was not able to talk directly to her daughter and granddaughter.
The challenge was to reduce the feeling of frustration and anxiety, which if not managed can lead to agitation and aggressive behaviour.
Llandudno General Hospital includes services for older people with illnesses such as dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, severe depression, severe anxiety and schizophrenia. There was a need for more opportunities to engage with meaningful activities and entertainment.