Dementia care in hospitals
My personal experience of dementia care in hospitals
I am passionate about the quality of care for people with dementia in acute hospitals.
From the moment I stepped into an older persons medical ward I could tell it was not the right environment for somebody with dementia. As an Occupational Therapist my previous posts included a Community Care Team and inpatient older person’s mental health wards; I also had experience as a care assistant in two dementia care homes.
The move to this setting opened my eyes and made me increasingly aware of how much change is needed in the care of people with dementia in acute hospital wards. From this role I moved to an Occupational Therapy position in an acute inpatient dementia ward. This increased my passion for working with people with dementia, but the desire to make change in the acute physical care setting was never forgotten, if anything it grew with my knowledge, skills and understanding of the complexities of care for older people with dementia.