Fixing dementia care - can you help?

Discussion in 'Alzheimer's Society notices' started by HarrietD, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. HarrietD

    HarrietD Administrator
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    Apr 29, 2014
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    As part of our ongoing Fix Dementia Care campaign, the Media team want to hear from people having to rush to hospital with injuries or illnesses that could have been prevented with better care in the community.

    As I'm sure many of you are aware, many people with dementia are being failed by a broken care system, rushed to hospital in a crisis that could’ve been prevented. Charlotte’s gran Jane is one example - she went into intensive care when lack of care in the community meant a minor infection became life-threatening.

    Charlotte told us: ‘Carers visited my gran every day but didn’t have the time or training to support her. If they couldn’t get her out of bed they just didn’t wash her for weeks, and they often left out-of-date food in the kitchen which she would eat and get sick. This led to an infection, which could’ve been treated at home but they didn’t notice until it was too late. When they found her face down on the floor, with the infection affecting her kidneys and oxygen levels, an ambulance took her to hospital in a critical state and she spent 12 weeks there. It should never have got that bad.’

    We’re working to change this, but we need your help. If you’ve had a similar experience, Alzheimer’s Society wants to hear from you. Please complete our short survey to tell us your experiences and views: http://ow.ly/D0Cb30jycIL
     

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