1. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    :) I was at a meeting today with the Director of Nursing for D&G, with other carers and representatives of various organisations. The document I wrote based on the experiences of carers was part of the agenda.

    It looks as if our recommendations are being put into practice, at least in this area.

    The most important point was that carers are to be involved in devising the care plan, before admission if possible.

    Care plans to be individual, not a standardised form. Outcomes of treatment to be recorded regularly.

    Meal times are to be 'protected time', i.e. no treatments, tests or doctors'visit, so that nurses are free to help patients who need it. Patients who need help will have their meals served on differently coloured trays for identification.

    No cot sides, low beds have been ordered.

    No catheterisation unless essential; toiletting to be part of the care plan.

    Not supervising taking of medication will be a disciplinary matter, and nurses wear a sign that they must not be interrupted while dispensing.

    A sticker will be placed over the bed of people needing help, unless the carer does not want this. We have been asked to consider the form of the sticker -- nothing too obvious, forget-me-not suggested.

    The treatment of AD patients to be included as a module in the local nursing college, with input from carers.

    Each ward or local hospital to have a 'dementia champion', who will receive extra training, and will be available as advisor.

    The radio programme John and I recorded last year to be incorporated in the training.

    It all sounds wonderful. The Director was very determined that it will all be put into practice, and we have another meeting in six months to report progress.
     
  2. Tender Face

    Tender Face Account Closed

    Mar 14, 2006
    5,379
    NW England
    Standing ovation!

    It IS wonderful! I recall that brilliant document .... just great news....:)

    And inspiration to us all ..... we CAN be heard and make a difference .....

    Let's hope it filters through nationwide very quickly....

    Love, Karen, x :) :) :) :) :)
     
  3. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    Thanks Karen. Appreciate that!

    :) :) :) Love,:) :) :)
     
  4. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,544
    Kent
    Brilliant Hazel.
    You really have managed to get your message home. What a wonderful achievement.
    With love
     
  5. daughter

    daughter Registered User

    Mar 16, 2005
    824
    That's fantastic news Hazel, well done for carrying your recommendations through into practice.

    Love from Hazel.
     
  6. Amy

    Amy Registered User

    Jan 4, 2006
    3,453
    Take my hat off to you Hazel - well done!!
    Love Helen
     
  7. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    9,519
    Frinton-on-Sea
    Hazel, could not be more pleased. Have spread your original doucument around, local AS, and Lionel's care home.

    Keep up the good work. Anything I can do to help, please yell. Love
     
  8. RussellC

    RussellC Registered User

    Jul 6, 2006
    47
    Hazel

    It is marvellous that you are having such an impact on the care of AZ people. Well done for making the professionals listen and act. Many carers and AZ people will have better lives as a result.

    Best wishes

    Russell
     
  9. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    Thank you all for your messages. I'm afraid I was a bit euphoric yesterday!

    I can't take credit for the campaign, Carolyn Little from User and Carer Involvement has been plugging away at it for some time, and it's through her that John and I are asked to speak to doctors and nurses. I'm not a fighter.

    However, the document has been used in the campaign, and all the quotes from TP members helped to strengthen it. I'm sure thay will all be used in the training programme.

    So thank you all, and we can all share in the credit!

    Love,
     
  10. Grommit

    Grommit Registered User

    Apr 26, 2006
    2,127
    Doncaster
    Well done Hazel. I will put this information to good use when the time comes.
     
  11. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,544
    Kent
    Don`t be so modest, Hazel. You might not have started the campaign, but you certainly put in the finishing touches.

    With love
     
  12. mel

    mel Registered User

    Apr 30, 2006
    1,656
    Sheffield
    Hi Hazel
    I've just caught up with this
    fantastic!!
    Love Wendy xx
     
  13. yvonne j

    yvonne j Registered User

    Mar 1, 2007
    17
    Hampshire uk
    what you have achieved is great. I know nothing of your document as I am a fairly new user, in regard patients with alzheimer's I came to believe that we need a bank of Alzheimer's nurses like Mac Millian nurses, but what you are doing is so practical it must help in so many ways. thank you
     
  14. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
  15. soulsmilin

    soulsmilin Registered User

    Feb 13, 2007
    43
    Tyne and wear
    Just seen your document and want to thank you on behalf off all the nurses that will appricate so much having such sound advice to go on, often when you are working with patients with difficulties you may not have previously encounted you have to pick as much available information as you go, and in a area that time is sometimes scarse, I know that this will prove benificial. I am going to download a copy and show it to all the students on my ward as a lot of the points are so relevent to so many patients and could so easily be overlooked.

    Congratulations and many thanks for your hard work, is going to be appeciated by so many.

    soulsmilin:)
     
  16. Sandy

    Sandy Registered User

    Mar 23, 2005
    6,847
    Hi Yvonne,

    There is a specialist nursing service for people with dementia, but it is small at present (48 nurses in 16 locations). They are called Admiral Nurses. You can find more info on their web site:

    http://www.fordementia.org.uk/index.htm

    They have also just launched an new service called Admiral Nursing Direct which allows members of the public to speak to an Admiral Nurse or email their question to them. I've never used the service, so can't comment, but the more resources available the better.

    Of course, well done to Hazel for getting so much accomplished. Scheduling a six-month follow-up shows that they're really interested in implementing these improvements.

    Take care,

    Sandy
     
  17. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,544
    Kent
    Thank you Sandy for the link to Admiral Nurses.

    I`ve just checked the home page and will read it properly later.

    I would never have heard of it had it not been for TP and your post.

    If it develops in anything remotely like the MacMillan Nurse facility, we should benefit.

    With love
     
  18. yvonne j

    yvonne j Registered User

    Mar 1, 2007
    17
    Hampshire uk
    thanks Sandy, I will check it out, same goes for me , I didnt know nor would I have if not for your post
     

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