In 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025.
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, is helping to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and the services available locally to better enable people to live well with the condition.
Last year, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) launched its ‘Forget me not’ scheme to further improve care for patients in Rotherham Hospital who have cognitive problems, which could be caused by ill health and a combination of delirium, memory loss, frailty or dementia. A forget me not flower is the recognised emblem for dementia friendly communities and hospitals and at the Trust the symbol provides one of many ways of identifying patients who may require extra support.
Beth Goss, Lead Nurse for Dementia Care at TRFT said: “We recognise that dementia is one of the greatest health concerns for over 55’s and, as our population ages, we continue to make significant improvements in the support available for patients with the condition.
“In April, our Trust joined forces with the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) to launch a new Rotherham Mental Health Hospital Liaison Service, which provides assessment, treatment and management of mental health problems for adults aged over 18, who are admitted to Rotherham Hospital.”
With the introduction of this two-year project, the Trust aims to further improve the health and experience of patients by giving them the right treatment and care quickly and in the most appropriate setting –potentially reducing their length of stay and likelihood of re-admission for patients with dementia and other conditions.
Beth added: “Dementia is not just about memory loss, it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks. If you suspect you may have dementia, contact your GP, as the earlier a diagnosis is made the better you can understand and live well with dementia.”
Dementia Awareness Week 2015 will take place from 18 to 24 May 2015 and there will be a number of events taking place at Rotherham Hospital:
• Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May, Rotherham Hospital Main Entrance
Alzheimer’s Society Awareness Stand: Information leaflets will be available to take away throughout the week
• Wednesday 20 May, Rotherham Hospital Main Entrance
Dementia Action Alliance and Rotherham Hospital’s Lead Nurse for Dementia Care will be providing advice on dementia and information on the services and support available in the local community and at Rotherham Hospital
• Wednesday 20 May, at 11.00am in the Ravenfield Room Rotherham Hospital
Dementia Friends Training provided by Dementia Action Alliance and The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust: Available to staff, carers and members of the public. Dementia Friends Information Sessions will help you to understand a little more about what it is like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action. Contact Lead Nurse for Dementia Care, Beth Goss on 01709 428372 or e-mail Natalie.Harrison@rothgen.nhs.uk to book a place.
Should you require more information on services and activities available in the Rotherham area please access www.alzheimers.org.uk or contact them on the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and 10 am- 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For further information on Dementia Care at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, or any of the above events, please contact Beth Goss on 01709 428372.