Dementia Awareness Week 2016
Did you know around 800,000 people living in the UK have dementia? It is estimated that by 2021, one million people living in the UK will have the disease.
This year's Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May, will encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and approaching the Alzheimer's Society for information and support. Dementia can be scary and many people don't know where to turn, but the Alzheimer's Society is there for anyone affected and there are lots of ways they can help; life doesn't end when dementia begins.
In support of the week, our safeguarding adult team will be putting up displays across our Hospitals to raise awareness of key messages about Dementia.
Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH): Main Atrium Outpatients, Tower Entrance by the Lifts, ARU Outpatients
Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH): West Block Outpatients, Outside Glass House cafe, Oncology Outpatients
Our team of Dementia Champions will also support this week by promoting and championing best practice Dementia care within their teams and wards. For staff at our Trust, we have a wealth of information about supporting patients with dementia, including links to documents, useful websites and e-learning resources.
Our Patient experience Team - Debra Clark, Julie Pointer and Dr Tanya De Weymarn (Emergency Dept Consultant and E/Dept frailty lead) are co-ordinating a knitting bee at GRH to mark our Trust implementation of Twiddle Mitts and Muffs. The Knitting Bee will take place in the main atrium at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on 18th May, between 10.30am and 1pm. External knitters are very welcome, as are any donations of wool, scissors, thread and sewing needles as well as ribbon and large buttons. Donations of wool and thread can be dropped at volunteers' desk at the Atrium at GRH or the Pillars entrance at CGH.
Twiddlemuffs are knitted woollen muffs with items such as ribbons, large buttons or textured fabrics attached that patients with dementia can twiddle in their hands whilst on the wards at our hospitals. People with dementia often have restless hands and like something to keep them occupied. Twiddlemuffs provide a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation at the same time as keeping hands snug and warm.
Nursing Director Maggie Arnold said: “We recognise that dementia is one of the greatest health concerns for over 55’s and, as our population ages, we continue to make improvements in the support available for our patients with dementia.”
We are committed to the care of patients with dementia, and are a member of the Dementia Action Alliance. You can read their pledge here