Hospital Environments

Many elderly people are admitted to hospital through A&E and usually for a reason other than dementia. They are confused and disorientated, not knowing where they are or why they have been brought in. On average, when a person with dementia is admitted to hospital, they are moved four times, which adds to their distress. It is, therefore, important that the environment from the point of entry supports those with cognitive impairment and there is a consistent approach to patient/staff areas and toilet areas, where possible reducing the clinical feel and creating a more sensitive and enhanced atmosphere for health and wellbeing.

One in four hospital beds is in use by a person with dementia, so all hospital wards should be able to support these vulnerable individuals. However, knowledge of the condition and how to support those with memory and communication issues varies greatly between members of staff.

Find understands the priorities and demands faced by the NHS and how enhancing the environment can have a positive impact on achieving these. We can help reduce length of stay, prevent readmissions and take some pressure away from staff. Why? Because we know the difference simple changes can make:

 

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