Environments of care for people with dementia – King’s Fund project – 13 December 2011

Posted on September 16, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Hosp Design Planning Architecture | Tags: |

Environments of care for people with dementia – King’s Fund project – 13 December 2011

“The Department of Health has commissioned The King’s Fund to develop a number of specific programmes to enhance the environment of care as part of its work to improve the patient experience. The latest of these is a programme to improve the care environment for people with dementia to support the implementation of the national dementia strategy.

What are the current issues for people with dementia?

25 per cent of people accessing acute hospital services are likely to have dementia and the number of people with dementia is expected to double during the next 30 years. Hospital stays are recognised to have detrimental effects on people with dementia.

Generally, there is a low level of knowledge in the health professions – even among those who have been trained to care for people with dementia – and among estates and facilities staff about what makes a positive therapeutic environment for people with dementia. The volume of applications for the EHE programmes has shown that there is a considerable level of interest in creating dementia-friendly environments and there is a desire across the service for practical advice to enhance the quality of the care provided to people with dementia.”

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