Visit puts spotlight on care of the elderly
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