6th May 2016 – Airedale joins dementia awareness campaign
Staff at Airedale Hospital are joining a national campaign to raise awareness of dementia amongst patients, carers and members of the public.
They will be having an information stand on site during the week from Monday 16 May, on the balcony above the trust headquarters entrance and talking to colleagues and carers about ‘Johns Campaign’ – a national drive to promote flexible visiting hours for carers of people living with dementia.
Other organisations will be supporting the campaign at key places throughout the trust including the Alzheimers Society, with a social media challenge to ‘confront dementia’ near the restaurant on Wednesday 18 May; Carers’ Resource offering support to any carers with health issues and Dementia Friends, Keighley.
There will also be tea and cake afternoons with staff on hand to discuss care for people with dementia on ward 4, Ward 1 – hosted by the trust’s team who care for frail and elderly patients – and ward 9. They will be using reminiscence materials to help tap into the long-term memories of older people and prompt discussion amongst visitors. If anyone has items from 1940’s or earlier which may help please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynsey Nicholson, patient experience lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our aim is to make sure that people in the local community know what support is available for anyone with dementia and their families as it is growing problem with people living longer.
“Dementia can be scary and many people don’t know where to turn, but there are lots of organisations offering help.
“We are also encouraging our staff and anyone who works in health and social care to visit the information stands as they may discover tips that could help them in their work.”
The aim of Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May, is to encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries and seek information and support. A support guide by the Alzheimers Society for people caring for anyone with dementia is available at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2234
For concerns about dementia, contact the national dementia helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email: email@example.com