Whipps Cross Hospital’s fight against Dementia.
Whipps Cross Hospital has invested half a million pounds to become dementia friendly, improving the experience and safety of people living with dementia.
Thanks to Barts Charity, half a million pounds has seen five wards overhauled with safer flooring, relaxing day rooms for patients and an improved ward layout meaning staff are closer to patients.
Ward signage has been redeveloped to be more easily understood by people with dementia, and all areas now benefit from artwork including photographs taken by local people as part of a competition to brighten up the spaces.
Fiona Miller-Smith, Chief Executive of Barts Charity said:
“We’re very proud that the charity’s funding has enabled such significant improvements in the care of patients who are living with dementia. The refurbishment has transformed the environment not just for these patients, but for their families and the staff too.”
This year, the Alzheimer’s Society are focusing on raising awareness of the difficulties of accessing social care and support for carers of people with dementia.
In 2021, nearly 1 million people with dementia and their families are struggling to get the support and care that they need and deserve. Decades of underfunding and neglect have led to a care system that’s difficult to access, costly, inadequate, and deeply unfair. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed these problems like never before.
Helping Lives Charity has been an active member of the hospital’s fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s