Alzheimer’s Society’s pioneering Pilgrim project extended

Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

A groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Society project at Pilgrim Hospital will now carry on until the end of the year after a successful first 12 months.

A new ‘hospital liaison scheme’ has seen Alzheimer’s Society staff helping around 600 people with dementia and carers.

The project was the first of its kind for the charity when it launched in mid-April 2013 and is now being replicated by the charity with a similar scheme at a hospital in Leicestershire.

The three members of staff at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital provide information, as well as encourage patients to use a document called This Is Me.

The leaflet includes information on people’s likes and dislikes and helps staff to provide more ‘person-centred’ care.

The project is funded by Alzheimer’s Society, which has decided to extend the funding until December 2014. Staff work on rotation so that there is support available seven days a week.

Sally Grundy from Alzheimer’s Society said: “The project in Boston has been hugely successful in its first year, and it’s exciting to see Lincolnshire leading the way with such a pioneering service.

“We know that around one in four hospital beds is used by someone with dementia so we are delighted that we are able to work with the hospital’s staff to help them deliver the best quality care possible.”

There are thought to be about 11,000 people living with dementia in Lincolnshire.

Anyone who wants to find out more information on the service should visit the Alzheimer’s Society staff on floor 6B of the hospital. Alternatively call (01205) 364801 ext 5984.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.

The society says dementia affects one in three people aged over 65 in some form.