Two articles appeared in the Health Service Journal during October 2012 concerning the creation of dementia-friendly hospitals and improving dementia care in the community generally.
Creating Dementia-Friendly Hospitals
This article briefly reviews the impact of King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE) programme, which has worked with 23 acute and mental health trusts to improve the care of people with dementia in hospital environments.
Waller, S. and Masterson, A. (2012). Creating dementia-friendly hospitals. London: Health Service Journal (HSJ), October 12th 2012.
Improving the Quality of Dementia Care
This article addresses the general aims of bringing about improvements to the quality of dementia care (including improved awareness, earlier diagnosis and intervention, and better quality of care) in the context of their work at the South West Peninsula (Cornwall). It was found that it is possible to improve treatment with:
- Better planning for advanced care of patients with dementia, which helps improve quality of life for patients and families.
- Reducing the levels of medication prescribed, which improves patient health, cuts costs and reduces the number of unplanned hospital admissions.
Oxenbury, J. Marrett, P. [and] Chapman, B. (2012). Improving the quality of dementia care. London: Health Service Journal (HSJ), October 11th 2012.
STAR Power Improves Dementia Care
Certain sources identify the latter article slightly differently (probably according to whether the cataloguer’s primary source happened to be hardcopy or online). The subject and authorship are the same. Planning and reductions to medication can improve quality of life and yield savings.
Oxenbury, J. Marrett, P. [and] Chapman, B. (2012). STAR power improves dementia care. London: Health Service Journal (HSJ), October 11th 2012; 122 (6324): pp.28-29.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].