Dementia care in hospitals
Hospitals are intrinsically geared towards fast and effective communication, assuming that patients will be able to express their wishes. However, for a person with dementia, a hospital environment can be a frightening and bewildering experience with unfamiliar surroundings.
For this reason, it is important that a safe and secure environment is created to aid the movement and treatment of patients and visitors with dementia whilst in the hospital environment.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. It describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language (source Alzheimer’s Society link https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/types-dementia/what-dementia)
Good design can help enormously in making it easier for a person with dementia to interpret and navigate a hospital environment in safety. The use of colour and contrast, enabling signage, wayfinding cues and orientation aids can all be used in different ways to assist in this.
To help, Find has developed a range of products that can help improve the hospital setting and achieve a number of positive outcomes, outcomes such as:
- 50% reduction in incontinence
- 60% reduction in agitation and aggression
- 70% reduction in slips, trips and falls
Is your hospital dementia-friendly?
We understand it can be difficult to know where to start and how to implement environmental changes for the maximum benefit of all involved in the process that is why we offer a FREE Environmental Visit which will provide you with all the recommendations you need.
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