A fringe event on HCAs’ Day at RCN Congress will be hosted by Rachel Thompson on Monday April 11th 2011 (5.45pm to 6.45pm).
The initial findings of the RCN Dementia Project will be presented, including the notable innovations in best practice which have transformed the delivery of dementia care, promoted dignity and improved understanding.
The aim is to provide nurses and health care assistants with an understanding of the key issues and ideas for improving dementia care in these settings.
The RCN neatly summarises the key issues in the following quotation:
“Dementia is one of the most important issues we face as the population ages. There are currently approximately 820,000 people with dementia living in the UK, including 16,000 people under the age of 65. This figure is set to rise to approximately two million by 2033.
Improving the quality of care in general hospitals has been identified as a priority within national dementia strategies. Up to 70 per cent of acute hospital beds are occupied by older people, approximately 40 per cent of whom have dementia. However, patients who have dementia experience many more complications and stay longer in hospital than patients without dementia. It is also estimated that 30 per cent of people will die with dementia and many of these die in general hospital settings.
This poses a key challenge as acute general hospital settings are often not conducive to the needs of people with dementia. With approximately 97 per cent of nurses in acute care settings reporting that they are already caring for someone with dementia, it is essential that this issue is addressed”.