Up to 70% of our beds are occupied by patients over the age of
65 and many of our patients and visitors have dementia.
Many of our staff are Dementia Champions - a point of contact
and source of advice for patients, visitors, carers, volunteers and
Jupiter ward is a pioneering 'Dementia friendly
ward' (others are planned), and discreet systems are in place
in others to make sure staff are aware which patients have dementia
and so might need special support.
Adaptations have also been made to bathrooms to make them more
accessible and easy to use.
Wendy Johnson, senior sister for coronary care and a Dementia
"Often people with dementia can have problems with height or
seeing things properly - they may see a step when there isn't one -
so we've made adaptations to reduce the risk of falls.
"We've also installed more clocks on wards as dementia patients
often have difficulty in distinguishing between day and night."
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