Priory’s specialist dementia teams champion a progressive model of care, with staff training at the heart of our commitment to holistic, person-centred treatment.
Examples of training for staff include:
- Understanding the impact of dementia on the person and family
- Enabling communication and positive experiences for people living with dementia
- Understanding stress and distress reactions in dementia
- Promoting dignity and respect for people who are living with dementia
- Promoting an active life consisting of personally meaningful activity for people living with dementia
Priory’s dementia teams across our hospitals work to make sure the clinical environment is “right”:
- Use of visual signage and pictures to aid memory
- Facilities such as showers should have traditional fittings to maximise ease of use
- Avoiding ‘dead end’ corridors to minimise disorientation
- The use of colour to support orientation makes a huge difference
- Consistent flooring avoids different carpet colours being mistaken for steps
- Brightly coloured toilet seats to maximise orientation
- Supporting physical health needs – hoists, slings, shower chairs
For example, the team at Priory Hospital Keighley have created an environment that closely follows the King’s Fund Enhancing Healing Environments for Dementia recommendations. Everything in the environment is geared towards maximising service user orientation. We probe all suspected causes of agitation and we make sure we use the style of interaction that best suits the particular cognitive deficits of each service user.
Our experience in delivering services for those most challenging cases of dementia have enabled us to identify seven critical areas to focus service users’ plans upon:
- Person-centred care
- Pain management
- Physical health vigilance
- Rationalisation of medication
- Non-pharmacological interventions
For example, our responsibility to maintain a service user’s sound physical health as part of our commitment to high quality, personalised and holistic dementia services will mean:
- Understanding that, in many cases, an episode of agitation can be caused by physical illness
- Understanding that our service users are very likely to develop delirium, which leads to increased confusion and agitation
- Monitoring physical health every day with regular observations e.g. blood pressure, temperature, pulse
- Regular checking for constipation and Urinary Tract Infections
- Closely liaising with GPs
Care and management of Alzheimers
The Priory has been helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and young onset Alzheimer’s for many years, as a specialist in care and management of this disease. We understand that everyone's situation is different, which is each service user has a unique care plan tailored to their needs. The care plan looks to embrace the wider situation, involving family and friends to help the person remain integrated and valued as the disease progresses.
The Alzheimer’s treatment services offered by the Priory are usually on an inpatient basis when people are struggling to cope in their own environment, and need services that can quickly address crisis situations and prevent further rapid deterioration in respect of the individual’s health and wellbeing. And for those requiring a longer length of stay, Priory calls upon skilled staff in person-centred palliative care, who understand the importance of supporting both the patient and family during this difficult time.
For further information on the full range of Priory services, please call: 0845 277 4679. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here.