A wide-ranging strategy has been developed, based on guidance from the Department of Health’s Living well with dementia : A National Dementia Strategy, consultation with regional and local experts, plus help and advice from residents with dementia and their carers.
Improving the Quality of Life for People with Dementia in General Hospitals
The situation, nationally (and probably internationally), may be summarised as follows. People with dementia occupy a quarter of hospital beds approximately. They are too often admitted as emergency admissions to hospital because of a lack of suitable community-based alternatives. Admission to acute hospitals has been found to have a range of adverse effects on dementia symptoms and physical health. People with dementia typically stay in hospital much longer than other patients. Health outcomes, including mortality rates, are poorer. More than a third of persons with dementia who go into hospital from their own homes do not subsequently return home; many being discharged to care homes.
What is Wolverhampton proud to have achieved so far?
- A new model of care has been developed at the local general hospital (namely Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust’s “New Cross Hospital Dementia Project”) which includes:
- A dedicated and re-designed ward for people with dementia.
- An enhanced training and development programme. This involves, with the cooperation of the Wolverhampton local authority and PCT, the following:
- A person-centered and outcomes-based approach to care: “A Care Bundle”.
- An in-reach service to advise and support all parts of the hospital.
- An enhanced level of staff involvement and the inclusion of trained volunteers.
- A mental health liaison service is available in the hospital to offer advice and information to staff on all the wards regarding dementia.
What are the areas for continuing improvement where Wolverhampton hopes to do better?
- It is intended that the New Cross Hospital Dementia Project, in cooperation with their external advisors at the University of Worcester, will develop an evidence-based care bundle to be shared regionally, nationally and possibly internationally.
- Commissioners will identify a range of community-based services options, with a view to providing safe alternatives to hospital admission and enabling earlier discharge from hospital for people with dementia.
- The possibilities of a domiciliary re-enablement service for people with dementia may be explored.
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A Joint Dementia Strategy for Wolverhampton: Consultation, 16 May 2011 – 8 August 2011. Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton City Council [and] Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust, Summer 2011.