The term dementia describes a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes and problems with communication and reasoning. Dementia UK estimates that between 750,000 and 820,000 people in the UK have dementia with the number expected to rise to more than 1 million by 2021.
It is estimated that over the next 10 years the number of people with dementia will triple. In addition, it is believed that at any one time, at least a quarter of hospital in-patients across England have dementia.
Forget-me-nots to help improve care for people with dementia
The quality of care for dementia patients is set to improve with the help of a small blue flower.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Forget-Me-Not scheme aims to provide better services for people with the condition at its hospitals in Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury and reassure their loved ones that they are receiving the best possible care.
At the centre of the scheme is the blue flower symbol of the Forget-Me-Not.
The Forget Me Not campaign involves placing the blue flower symbol in patients’ case notes and above their beds, with the permission of the patients and relatives, to help ensure those with the condition are easily identified by staff and their care is planned accordingly. Staff are given ‘golden nuggets’ of information that tell them all about the person they are caring for, listing their likes and dislikes, their daily routine, what food they enjoy eating and what distresses them.
The scheme was rolled out at elderly care wards in Pinderfields in late March. It has now been launched on elderly care wards at Dewsbury and Pontefract Hospitals.
Find out more about the campaign on our News page
Craft Factor competition
In March we launched our Craft Factor competition - we want you to create the best Twiddlemuffs and Twifflequilts that you possibly can for our patients.
The entries will be shortlisted to 50 with assistance from staff and visitors on afternoon ward rounds. The general public will choose the overall winner at a final event running from 10am to 12pm in Pinderfields atrium on Tuesday 21 May. There will be a display of entries and the winner will be decided through a tick box system – the most ticks wins!
The big prize will be a £50 voucher for Marks and Spencers for the knitter or crafter who comes up with the most creative Twiddlemuff or Twiddlequilt, which will be judged together.
Any entries should be sent to the Volunteers Office, Pinderfields Hospital, Aberford Road, Wakefield WF1 4DG and addressed to Anita Ruckledge or Clare Coleflax, Dementia and Delirium Support Worker. Entries must be clearly marked with contact details if they are to be entered in the competition. If you still want to knit or craft something but don’t wish for it be entered, that’s fine as well.
The deadline is Friday 10 May.
The team can arrange for entries to be picked up, if there are a lot of items and they are local to Pinderfields Hospital. Please contact them through email (Anita.Ruckledge@midyorks.nhs.uk and firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange.
Further information about dementia can be found at the websites below: