A quarter of patients in our hospitals live with a dementia or some form of confusion. We are working to ensure that these people and carers receive the individualised and sensitive care that is appropriate to their needs, and that they therefore stay in hospital for as short a time as possible.
Our Clinical Specialist for dementia, Karen Breese, works with the Corporate Nursing team to improve the Patient and Carer experience within the hospital. Karen also works with the Dementia Support Workers.
Some of the work of the team involves the Dementia Screening programme for all unscheduled admissions of people who are aged 75 years and over. They also work with younger people living with dementia and their carers’, and can be contacted at both sites through switchboard.
The team got involved in care of people with dementia because they wanted to make a difference. Over 840, 000 people are living with dementia, affecting over 22 million people in the UK, either as a family member, neighbour or friend. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia and the average age of a patient in an acute hospital is 75. A large part of the work is training, as all our staff at the Trust need to know about dementia.
Some of things we are working on
These stickers are placed on the headboards, the “patient status at a glance” board on the wards/notes/wristbands, and on investigation requests, such as to X-ray. Patients choose whether to opt into this scheme and there is information available on each ward for all patients and carers’.
Our staff, across both hospitals, work to improve the experience of people living with dementia, their carers’ experience, and their friends and families as well, by using the REACH approach. For more information about this, please contact the services Clinical Specialist through the contact details in the “key info” box.
Carer Passport Example
(Name)…………………………………………………………………………is the nearest relative or primary carer of a person living with dementia who is a patient in the hospital and requires access to them at all times.
Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust has agreed that the carrier of this passport will have access outside of visiting hours/during protected mealtimes and stay with the patient if he/she believes it necessary
Thank you for participating in this initiative
Sarah Bloomfield, Director of Nursing and Quality
The This Is Me leaflet is a practical tool that people living with dementia can use to tell staff about their needs, preferences, likes, dislikes and interests. This enables health and social care professionals to understand the person as an individual and to deliver person-centred or individualised care that is tailored specifically to the person’s needs when admitted to hospital. Knowing a person’s favourite drink, or that they used to be a postman, for example, helps our staff understand how to communicate and ensures that the person is as calm as possible.
This Is Me leaflet can therefore help reduce stress for the person and their carer. It can also help prevent difficulties with communication, or serious issues with malnutrition and dehydration. There are guidance notes on the back page to help you complete the This is Me leaflet.
More than 70% of over 70 year-olds and 40% of over 50 year-olds have some form of hearing loss. If a person also has dementia, a sensory impairment compounds communication difficulties. People with a hearing loss have a greater risk of developing dementia and depression. 35% of patients with a hearing loss have experienced difficulty communicating with their carer, Doctor or Nurse.
We have shared the pink hearing aid boxes with all wards and departments to keep hearing aids safe.
Tel: 01952 240209
Address: Carers Centre, The Glebe Centre, Glebe Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1JP
Carers support line – 01743 341995
Address: Unit 12 , Tilstock Cresent, Sutton Farm, Shrewsbury SY2 6HW
Shrewsbury Tel: 01743 341800
Fletcher House, 15 College Hill, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LY
Telford Tel: 01952 250 392
Rooms F12, F13, F14 and F15, The Glebe Centre, Glebe Street, Wellington, Shropshire, TF1 1JP
01743 261000 Ext 3608
01952 641222 Ext 4679
Alzheimer’s Society Drop-In Stand – Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Alzheimer’s Virtual Reality
DEEP – A guide to using language about dementia
Delirium Patient Information Leaflet
Dementia Partnership Telford and Wrekin
Dementia Services at SaTH