The report is to be greatly welcomed. For too long the problem of provding for [patients with dementia has been swept under the carpet as being too difficult. Until 2000 I was a council concerned with social care, when I did not stand for re-election. However. 20 years experience has shown a steady decline in the services that are provided for dementia clients and their carers. There is plenty of "advice" available but virtually no practical help. How can we expect carers many in their eighties to cope single handedly? Never having a half day off let alone a proper respite break. If any other group of workers suffered such conditions ther would be a national outcry, but then they are old so it doesn't really matter, does it ?
We have been working with all our local health and social care providers in Darlington to improve the care of patients with dementia in our area. Lots of changes have been made some environmental, some related to smoothing the pathway and improving the patients experience when moving across the services. One significant audit demonstrated that be introducing coloured plates there was a 10% increase in the amount of food the patients were able to eat. Sounds small but for elderly people, maintaining their independence it's significant. Half size water jugs and coloured beakers also help.
we are currently part of hte dementia friendly bid and would like to see the signs for our bathrooms against the kings fund recommendations