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Hospitals must become more dementia friendly, patients say


11 August 2015

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Patients rated hospitals’ ability to meet the needs of dementia sufferers as significantly lower than other factors necessary for a safe, clean environment, a Health and Social Care Information Centre report published today revealed.

Patients rated hospitals’ ability to meet the needs of dementia sufferers as significantly lower than other factors necessary for a safe, clean environment, a Health and Social Care Information Centre report published today revealed.

There were 1,333 Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE), which rated hospitals in terms of their cleanliness; food and hydration; privacy, dignity and wellbeing; condition, appearance and maintenance; and whether the premises are equipped to meet the needs of dementia sufferers.

The national average rating for the dementia category was 74.51%, which is significantly lower than the ratings in each of the other categories.

The national average for cleanliness was rated highly at 97.57%; condition, appearance and maintenance was 90.11%; food and hydration was 88.49%, and privacy, dignity and wellbeing was rated at 86.03%, a slight drop from 2014 which was 87.73%.

The dementia assessment focused on flooring, decor and signage, but also includes other things such as the availability of handrails and appropriate seating and, to a lesser extent, food.

The report recommends that organisations undertake their own, more comprehensive assessments using one of the recognised environmental assessment tools available, looking at a fuller range of issues for dementia patients and how their hospital or health centre meets their needs.

See the full report here.

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