Staff at two Fylde Coast hospitals have pledged to enhance the care and support they offer to patients with dementia.
Spiral Health, the social enterprise which runs nurse-led hospitals in Bispham and Rossall, has created a Dementia Manifesto containing 17 promises, and will ensure every single member of staff receives awareness training and becomes Dementia Friends.
All patients will be offered a dementia screening assessment, and a Dementia Champion will be appointed at Spiral Health’s units to work with local dementia charities and support groups to make sure the hospitals are as dementia-friendly as possible.
A special room has been set up with 1950s decor and furnishings, designed to be a comforting haven for patients with dementia.
Those with dementia, or displaying early signs of the condition, will be referred to community support services, to make sure that proper care is offered after the patient is discharged.
People who care for loved ones with dementia will be offered support too.
Tracey Bush, managing director of Spiral Health, said, “As a young organisation, it is good to now be at the point where we can start to focus considerable energy on dementia care and we hope our seventeen promises show we mean business.
“The government’s dementia strategy is five years old and needs to be reviewed.
“It has succeeded in some areas – as a nation we are far more aware of the issue than we were – but surely we should question why national diagnosis rates are still so low.
“Less than half of those in our area with dementia have a formal diagnosis compared to 64 per cent of those in Scotland. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance for the person to make lifestyle changes to ensure a fuller, happier life.
“By introducing dementia screening tests at our units we sincerely hope we can make a real difference to older members of our community.”