Dorothy House is committed to ensuring our services meet the needs of people with dementia and we have developed a strategy to do this. Our education team has been leading a project to work towards the following:
- Creating a dementia friendly environment – ensuring the decor is optimised to be helpful for how a person with dementia sees things (e.g. patterns can be confusing; colour and contrast can be very helpful)
- Workforce Development – we have offered all staff and volunteers training sessions to enable them to become ‘Dementia Friends’. The sessions are run by our own staff who have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of a national programme to raise dementia awareness and to work towards dementia friendly communities. We are also collaborating with other local organisations who have expertise in dementia, to ensure that our staff are able to offer high quality end of life care for people with dementia.
- Training and Education – we are aiming to raise awareness of the role of hospice care for people with dementia and their families. We want to ensure that people with dementia have good symptom control at the end of life and have their individual needs met. This may be by helping people to plan for their future care by helping them to talk about their wishes and preferences and by ensuring the care we give is person centred. We have been running programmes of education open to all health & social care professionals addressing some of these issues and will continue to run them for the forseeable future.
If you would like any information about our services for people with dementia, please contact our Education team on 01225 721 470, who would be happy to talk to you.