This scheme, with the aim of improving the care and experience of dementia patients and their carers in hospital settings in Scotland, was released by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the Alliance) earlier this Summer. Getting to Know the Person, Not Just the Patient was developed by Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Government.
“The ‘Getting to Know Me’ document developed by Alzheimer Scotland and The Scottish Government records personal information about the patient’s likes and dislikes, names of family and friends, and what may be worrying them while they are in hospital”.
The Getting to Know Me document is designed be kept at the patient’s bedside while in hospital, and may be used when attending outpatient services. It helps staff to develop more insightful relationships with patients and their carers, by providing a brief understanding of their life story, preferred routines and specific pieces of useful information (such as what helps an individual to relax and be calm).
Getting to Know the Person, Not Just the Patient. Glasgow: Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE), June 2013.