Dementia Awareness Week 2016
Patient, carer and staff information displays
There was a patient and staff information stand in the front foyer – these stands not only provided information about what we have achieved as a hospital over the past year but enabled people to take away literature. The stands also displayed posters that have been made by people who have attended the dementia study days and explain what they have learnt and how they are going to change their practice to enhance their patients care.
Forget-Me-Not Bake Off and Tombola
To raise the profile of Dementia Awareness Week across the Trust will held More two events on May 17.
More than 20 entries of cakes and biscuits were received for the Forget-Me-Not Bake Off. The standard was exceptionally high and some of the creations would not have looked out of place being presented to Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood on the Great British Bake Off.
The Trust also held a very popular tombola and with everyone’s support we raised an amazing £426.76 from both the cake sale and the tombola. So a very big THANK YOU !!
“Raising Awareness of Dementia” study day
A study day aimed at “raising awareness about dementia” took place on May 18. It featured a variety of talks by speakers on topics and was kicked off by Dr Rachel Davies setting the scene by presenting an “Overview of dementia”. Other speakers included the Alzheimer’s society – Penny Giles, The community Mental Health Team – Lorraine Lightfoot, Psychiatric Liaison – Rachel Cross, Catherine Kidd – Dietician and Fay Wright – Dementia Specialist Nurse.
The day concluded with a foundation level dementia training session. As well as raising awareness about dementia and the strategies the hospital has in place, it also enables people to become a dementia friend. This is because the training has been accredited by the Alzheimer’s Society. This last session had both clinical and non-clinical staff representation with a large contingent from the Estates team.
Activities in the restaurant
The hospital’s Lifestyle Restuarant also got involved with promoting Dementia Awareness Week by hosting an Italian themed day in aid of the Forget-Me-Not Fund. During the event posters, flyers and information was handed out to staff, patients and members of the public.
The Trust concluded Dementia Awarness Week 2016 with a Forget-Me-Not Tea Party for the hospital’s Older Persons Unit on the Friday afternoon. Patients and carers enjoyed a feast of cakes, snacks and of course tea. The conversation amongst the patients and carers was plentiful and music played on the ward contributed to the relaxed atmopshere.