Improving the care of people with dementia in general hospitals

Dignity in dementia: improving care in general hospital settings

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has led on a national project about the care of people with dementia in general hospitals: Dignity in dementia; improving care in general hospital settings.

The project has involved surveys of practitioners, people with dementia and carers about how to improve care as well as consultation with a range of other organisations and key people – see RCN Dementia project.

Listen to the podcast below in which the RCN’s dementia project lead, Rachel Thompson, describes the latest tools being developed to help improve the care of people in general hospital settings. The podcast was recorded for the RCN Bulletin published on 7 September 2011.

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Commitment to improving care in general hospitals

A commitment to the care of people with dementia in general hospital settings, and resources to support it, were launched on Wednesday 21 September 2011, at the conference Making sense: working in partnership to improve dementia care in general hospitals at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. Read more about the commitment and access the resources to join us in putting the commitment into practice. Make SPACE for good dementia care: an easy way of remembering the commitment.

The aim is for this commitment to be used as a guide to support the delivery of dignified care for people living with dementia and their families, within general hospital settings. It sets out key principles and considerations for promoting a positive experience for people with dementia and their families and can be used by staff to help support improvements and make positive changes.

Further information about the conference and presentations will be made available.

Online Dementia resource

This RCN Dementia resource, developed as part of the project, aims to provide you with a range of information about dementia in general and links to other resources that will help promote better understanding of the needs of people with dementia, their families and carers. It points to some of the most recent information sources available on dementia which are relevant to all care settings, and includes: