Dementia care will be at breaking point this Christmas as thousands of vulnerable dementia care patients will be stranded in hospital rather than at home or in specialist dementia care homes.
Up to 1,400 people who need specialist dementia care will spend the festive season in hospital because of a social care system severely short of funding.
Dementia care specialists
Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes has warned that a lack of available homecare, dementia care specialists and dementia nursing homes is ‘turning wards into waiting rooms’. The society’s research found that people needing dementia care were delayed in hospital by as much as 10 times that of people not requiring dementia care.
Local authorities and other social care organisation currently face a £2 billion funding shortage and the Alzheimer’s Society found that people needing dementia care spent more than half a million extra days in hospital last year, rather than with dementia care specialists or in a dementia nursing home. As a result of failing to allow people with dementia to stay in specialist dementia care homes, people with the condition often become too frail in hospital and die before they are discharged.
Specialist dementia nursing homes
The staff and management of Stanfield Nursing Home recognise that managing anxiety and stress is a core part of helping people with dementia. For the specialist dementia nursing home, managing the wellbeing of residents is crucial to helping people with the condition.
To that end, the dementia care home has a number of activities for residents with dementia, including music therapy and Ladies Pamper Days. All the staff are properly trained in specialist dementia care and understanding people who are presenting symptoms of anxiety, stress and emotional hardship. Stanfield Nursing Home’s dementia care programme involves ensuring that residents are happy, engaged with each other and have activities throughout the day. Above all, the specialist dementia care home ensures that residents feel secure and relaxed.
Carers and families are invited to join in these sessions, helping to create an atmosphere in which everyone – from staff and residents to family members – can interact and feel assured that their loved ones are being looked after in the best way possible.
Unfortunately, not all people with dementia are lucky enough to received this kind of specialist dementia care. For all those who remain in hospital this Christmas, the management, staff and residents of Stanfield nursing home offer festive greetings and hope that funds will be available in the year ahead for people who need specialist dementia care.
If you are considering a specialist dementia care home in Worcester for yourself or a loved one, please call us on 01905 420459. Furthermore, you’re very welcome to to a look around our home and gardens at a time that is convenient for you.
If you enjoyed this article you may also like to read our previous article on our weekly pamper day at our dementia care home in Worcester.