Hos­pi­tal de­men­tia care cam­paign

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

DE­SPITE a quar­ter of hos­pi­tal beds be­ing oc­cu­pied by peo­ple with de­men­tia, an Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found that too many peo­ple are fall­ing while in hos­pi­tal, be­ing dis­charged at night or be­ing stranded in hos­pi­tal.

Good de­men­tia care should never be a throw of the dice – yet peo­ple are forced to gam­ble with their health ev­ery time they are ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

This is­sue is very close to my heart. My mother, Mary, who had Alzheimer’s dis­ease, was hos­pi­talised for an emer­gency op­er­a­tion and con­tracted MRSA.

She was se­ri­ously ill for weeks and, de­spite fight­ing off the virus, be­cause she’d been in a hos­pi­tal bed for so long she’d for­got­ten how to walk and in fact never walked again.

As an Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety

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