Dementia – help is at hand 

01/07/2011 00:00 

Caring for a loved one with dementia? Troubled by fears or concerns and want to know more about how to avoid developing the condition? Like to find out how UCLH is leading the way in ensuring patients receive the most effective and appropriate care?

T10 team (l-r) Tomasz Jandiz, healthcare assistant/dementia advocate; Juanita Berridge, staff nurse/dementia advocate; charge nu

T10 team (l-r) Tomasz Jandiz, healthcare assistant/dementia advocate; Juanita Berridge, staff nurse/dementia advocate; charge nurses Georgina Turnbull and Darren Barnes; and Dexter Regarde, healthcare assistant dementia advocate

Nursing specialists from UCLH and representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to discuss any issues with you on Tuesday 5 July.

To mark national dementia awareness week, nurse consultant Vicki Leah and colleagues from the Trust’s dementia team will be manning a display stand from 2-4pm in the main entrance of University College Hospital in Euston Road.

As well as advice and leaflets, there will be the opportunity to buy cakes to help support the Trust’s new Dementia Care Charity. Money raised will help towards the on-going costs of our new Butterfly Scheme.

UCH was the first hospital in the capital to introduce the butterfly image above beds and on the front cover of medical notes to identify those patients who may need extra-special attention. Patients also have the option to wear a blue wristband - a simple, practical way of identifying those who have dementia-related memory impairment and wish staff to be aware of it.

The Butterfly Scheme makes this clear to staff in a simple, practical way: resulting in more effective and appropriate care, reduced stress levels and increased safety and well-being.

Additionally, hand picked staff champions keep a watchful eye to ensure these patients are given the most appropriate care.

A “This is me” fact file about the patient’s personal history including former occupation, hobbies and interests also aims to focus the attention on the person behind the dementia.

The Trust has also implemented new guidelines which include care plans and details on assessing pain in patients who are not able to articulate their discomfort.

Vicki Leah, UCLH nurse consultant for older people, said: " Since we launched the Butterfly scheme earlier this year we have raised awareness of dementia across the Trust but there is still much to do.

"Events like these like these are a great way to inform the community of the work we are doing and get feed back from carers."

Dementia Awareness Week, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to raise awareness on how to reduce your risk of developing dementia. It also raises funds to support people with dementia and their carers.



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