This issue focusses on the South West Hospital Standards in Dementia Care, published in February 2011. The Hospital Standards have been developed by a regional Expert Reference Group in response to the many concerns expressed about poor quality care experienced by some people with a dementia when they are in hospital, and by their carers and families. It is intended that action over the next two years to implement the Standards will transform hospital care for people with a dementia.
Alison Moon, Regional Champion for Dementia Care in Hospital, says,
“It has been a great pleasure working with such committed, compassionate and caring people, who together have not only raised the profile for a group of people historically without a voice in hospitals but who have, by working together, produced a vision of what good care looks like. With particular thanks to people with dementia, carers and partners in the voluntary and community sector.”
Derek Dominey, long term carer for wife who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, says
“The successful development of the Hospital Standards in Dementia Care would not have been possible without the involvement of people with dementia, their carers and the voluntary sector in a strong partnership with health professionals. Those involved in the development will have a continuing vital role to play in supporting hospital staff to achieve these Standards and thereby improve the lives of people with dementia.”
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