Accolade for dementia care

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

Pilgrim Hospital staff are among the first in England to receive backing from the Alzheimer’s Society for the way they provide dementia training.

Staff at the Boston hospital, along with those at Lincoln, Grantham and Louth, have developed three forms of training to help meet the needs of patients with dementia.

These have been recognised as meeting the requirements to achieve ‘Dementia Friends’ status by the Society.

The move recognises the trust’s dedication and work to understand what dementia means for patients and hospital visitors and to do all they can to ensure they provide the best quality care.

As the population of elderly people grows, so does the number of people with dementia. Unfamiliar surroundings can be very disorientating and clinical staff are learning that they must take the time to understand the effects of dementia, even when patients have been admitted for another condition.

According to Alzheimer’s Society figures, 850,000 people in the UK have dementia. Figures suggest the number of people in Lincolnshire with dementia is likely to grow from 11,170 in 2014 to 13,589 by 2020.