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Improving activity and engagement for patients with dementia

Bray, Jennifer, Evans, Simon, Bruce, Mary, Carter, Christine, Brooker, Dawn, Milosevic, Sarah ORCID:, Thompson, Rachel and Hutt, Louise 2015. Improving activity and engagement for patients with dementia. Nursing Older People 27 (8) , pp. 22-26. 10.7748/nop.27.8.22.e700

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This is the second in a short series that presents case study examples of the positive work achieved by trusts that participated in the Royal College of Nursing’s development programme to improve dementia care in acute hospitals. Staff often think that there is insufficient time to get to know patients and carers, especially with large and challenging workloads. Combined with a lack of activities and stimulation for patients with dementia in hospital, this can result in poor engagement and a disconnect between staff and patients. To improve these relationships and give staff more time with patients, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced bay nursing for patients with dementia, where one nurse is responsible for monitoring a bay alongside a healthcare assistant for an entire shift. Part of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Glan Clwyd Hospital in north Wales has focused on improving stimulation by creating an activity room with a specially trained activity worker, providing a relaxed and friendly setting where patients with dementia can take part in a range of activities and have lunch together.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Centre for Trials Research (CNTRR)
Publisher: RCN Publishing (RCNi)
ISSN: 1472-0795
Date of Acceptance: 29 April 2015
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:12

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