Visit puts spot­light on care of the el­derly

Stockport Times West - - STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL -

THE chair­man of Age UK vis­ited Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal to see its ac­claimed work in the care of older peo­ple.

Chair­man Dianne Jef­frey vis­ited the hos­pi­tal’s stroke unit, as well as a ward for older peo­ple and new car­ers’ in­for­ma­tion point.

Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal sees 500,000 pa­tients a year, with around 50 per cent pa­tients aged over 75.

Mrs Jef­frey met doc­tors and nurses, in­clud­ing a de­men­tia spe­cial­ist nurse, and heard about the hos­pi­tal’s many ini­tia­tives to im­prove ser­vices for the el­derly.

Th­ese in­clude de­men­tia friendly pa­tient bays on wards, new food trol­leys with spe­cial plates for pa­tients need­ing as­sis­tance and plans to in­stall pop-up rem­i­nis­cence pods in ward ar­eas.

Rem­i­nis­cence pods are repli­cas of var­i­ous set­tings in­clud­ing a 1950s lounge, a pub and a shop and are help­ing to change the qual­ity of life for peo­ple with de­men­tia.

One pa­tient she met was Darelle Broughton.

Mrs Broughton, 67, from Romi­ley, has been re­cov­er­ing on the stroke unit for four weeks after first be­ing seen at the hos­pi­tal’s A&E depart­ment.

Her hus­band Alec also works as a vol­un­teer at the hos­pi­tal.

Mrs Broughton said: “The care I’ve had on this ward from nurses and other staff as well has been ex­cel­lent, re­ally at­ten­tive, I couldn’t fault any of them.”

Age UK is the coun­try’s largest char­ity ded­i­cated to help­ing ev­ery­one make the most of later life.

Dianne Jef­frey said: “The majority of pa­tients in hos­pi­tals are older peo­ple and it is im­por­tant that their needs are met as both pa­tients and as in­di­vid­u­als.

“It was a de­light to speak to such ded­i­cated staff at Step­ping Hill Hos­pi­tal who clearly put the care of all their pa­tients at the heart of what they do.”

The hos­pi­tal’s stroke unit is one of only three spe­cial­ist cen­tres in Greater Manch­ester and has a full re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme, phys­io­ther­apy gym and ther­apy rooms.

It treats around 500 stroke vic­tims a year, with the av­er­age pa­tient stay­ing on the unit for 24 days.

Dianne Jef­frey, cen­tre, with de­men­tia lead nurse Anne Mar­ri­nan, left, and ward sis­ter Tr­ish O’Sul­li­van

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