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Launch of Forget me not Scheme

23 May 2014 10:21:38
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The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new scheme to further care for Rotherham patients. 

The ‘Forget me not’ Scheme will further improve care for patients with cognitive problems, 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. 

From 19 May, an image of the flower is placed on patients’ case notes, above ward beds and on the uniforms of staff members’ who have received specific training on good practice in dementia care. 

Maria Palmer, Dementia Lead Nurse at the Trust, said: “The ‘Forget me not’ Scheme will help us support patients in a way that really means something to them and, as always, will help to us to further meet their individual care needs. This could be helping with the choices for food and drink, promoting safe walking and falls prevention, or helping patients to maintain independence in managing their self-care. 

“The Scheme will also help to raise awareness of dementia in Rotherham and provide information on local services, in partnership with The Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance.” 

Throughout the last year, the Trust screened more patients than ever before to assess them for memory problems and it has engaged with more carers about involving them in care and decision making for patients with dementia. The Trust is also set to expand awareness of dementia amongst its staff, with an aim to train 1,000 staff this financial year. 

In addition, the Trust has re-established a team of Dementia Champions to support patients and their families and to provide links to other support available. 

For more information on the ‘Forget me not’ Scheme or dementia care at the Trust, please contact Lead Dementia Nurse, Maria Palmer on 01709 424330 or at maria.palmer@rothgen.nhs.uk  

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