Can you imagine what it’s like to have dementia and find yourself in hospital? Life can seem confusing and stressful enough for a person with dementia, and being in hospital makes the confusion and stress much worse. Unfortunately, people with dementia are also much more likely than other people of the same age to find themselves in hospital, as they have much higher rates of falls, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections and cardiovascular problems.
Have a look at this amazingly moving video, Barbara’s story, a powerful depiction of how tough it can be to be in hospital for a person with dementia. And a reminder that it can be our loved one, or even ourselves, in her shoes one day.
It is encouraging to see that hospitals all over the world are working to improve the way they care for people with dementia, and I am particularly pleased that this is also happening where I live, in Canterbury. The East Kent Hospitals Charity has launched a Dementia Appeal to improve the way they care for people with dementia across their five hospitals. You can donate to the appeal, but also, you can vote (before the 30th of May, that is TODAY!) for their appeal to the Aviva Community Fund for £10,000 to refurbish their Harbledown ward Day Room at the Kent and Canterbury hospital. Voting takes three minutes (even less if you register using your Facebook profile), it doesn’t cost you anything and, if the bid is successful, will make a huge difference to patients. The plans include a functioning kitchen with reminiscence items, and lounge/snug with cinema screen to allow patients to watch some of their favourite films. Please take a few minutes to vote and spread the word!