We recognise that a hospital environment can be a stressful and worrying time for those with dementia. We have a dedicated Dementia and Delirium team to support ward teams to provide a compassionate and positive experience for those with dementia to help them in their recovery.
Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust support John’s Campaign: This means we will make reasonable adjustments to help you spend as much time with the person with dementia as you wish to help them in their recovery by support from loved one, feel safe, encouragement to eat & drink, take medications.
John's Campaign is an attitude of mind which respects the rights and choices of the person who needs care and values the essential input of the informal carer (or family member) as well as the expertise of the professional. Everyone has a part to play in this.
Darent Valley encourages the use of The Alzheimer’s Society This is Me document which is complimented with a wristband to identify patients with memory impairment who may need additional support while in hospital. If you have a This is Me, please bring it hospital with you. If you do not already have one, we can provide one for you, please speak to staff.
'This is me' can be used to record details about a person who can't easily share information about themselves. For example, it can be used to record:
- A person’s cultural and family background
- Important events, people and places from their life
- Their preferences and routines
'This is me' helps health and social care professionals better understand who the person really is, which can help them deliver care that is tailored to the person's needs. It can therefore help to reduce distress for people with dementia and their carers. It can also help to overcome problems with communication, and prevent more serious conditions such as malnutrition and dehydration.
Being a carer of someone with dementia can be both challenging and rewarding. Here at Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust, we recognise that a hospital admission can be a worrying time and additional support and information is available to help you in your role.
The Dementia Carer Support Worker is able to provide accessible information and advice tailored to carers’ circumstances. This may include providing information (e.g. carer assessments), signposting to services (e.g. carers groups) and referring carers to local support organisations. We can also provide and support completion of This is Me Booklet and wristbands.
A-Z Directory of Dementia Services can be found on ADAGIO (dgt.nhs.uk)
Contact: Shelley Gialanze
Phone: 07727 691014
ADSS Dementia Coordinators
ADSS is a local charity that provides in reach to hospital patients to help support the transition between hospital and the community.
“We will partner with you and discuss not only what your needs are but what you want out of life, make plans for the future and help you achieve this. We will help you to create an individual support plan and work with you to achieve the results you want.”
This service is free and anyone can refer. If you live in Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley, Medway, Swale or West Kent and want our support please ask ward staff to refer you. Alternatively, you can contact: 0800 035 2221 or email email@example.com
Website: Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services (alz-dem.org)
IMAGO Well-Being Community Navigator working within the Integrated Discharge Team.
Community Navigators offer a personalised approach, enabling individuals and their Carers to remain independent in their own homes, increasing their ability to take control and self-manage.
“We link people with appropriate local services and organisations who can provide ongoing help such as: Befriending, Home Safety, Financial Support and benefits advice, Housing, Social Prescribing and much more.”
IDT will coordinate discharge and ask the IMAGO Community Navigator to support you depending on your individual needs.
If you want to know more about IMAGO contact: 01892 530330 Website: Imago Community
We have some additional resources to support activity on the ward - activity boxes with easy read books, games, puzzles, twiddle muffs & blankets.
We can also help in supporting nutrition, by using adaptive cutlery and red trays to highlight those that need help at mealtimes.