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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.
 

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 :) :) :) :) :)
 

Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
71,081
Kent
Brilliant Hazel.
You really have managed to get your message home. What a wonderful achievement.
With love
 

daughter

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

Love from Hazel.
 

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
 

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
 

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,
 

Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
71,081
Kent
Don`t be so modest, Hazel. You might not have started the campaign, but you certainly put in the finishing touches.

With love
 

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
 

soulsmilin

Registered User
Feb 13, 2007
43
48
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:)
 

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
 

Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
71,081
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