Hospital dementia care campaign
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