- Thursday, 30 August 2012
UHCW NHS Trust is constantly seeking new ways to improve the care for those who are in need of a little extra support and reassurance, especially those with dementia.
To identify these types of patients the Trust has introduced the Forget-Me-Not Challenge. This challenge involves placing a discreet picture of a forget-me-not is placed over the bed of anyone the staff feels may need some extra vigilance, checks, reassurances or assistance. Not having the picture does not mean less care is given; the symbol just helps staff to more easily identify patients who need extra support.
The Forget-Me-Not Challenge was first piloted on the Trauma & Orthopaedic wards 52 and 53 at University Hospital, Coventry and was led by Lin Nicholson, Activity Co-ordinator and Ross Palmer, Modern Matron for Trauma and Orthopaedics. Matron Ross Palmer said: “This concept of identifying patients with a discreet picture above their bed was first developed by the University of Stirling. We adapted it to a Forget-Me-Not picture as this is the symbol for dementia care at UHCW.
“The pilot was very successful as it reminded staff that some patients may need extra help eating and drinking or may need repeated reassurances so that they are familiar with the environment. We have received lots of positive feedback from relatives who feel comforted that staff are being made aware that their love one is confused and so may need extra support in smaller tasks.”
This initiative will be implemented on elderly care ward 40 as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness month in September, which this year is focusing on dementia care.
Additionally, as part of UHCW’s commitment to improve dementia care and to raise awareness, two Dementia Awareness sessions are being held in October for members of the public. These free sessions have been organised to help people learn what dementia is and how to understand it better.
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