For Chelsham House to become a Dementia Acute In-patient Unit in order to provide better quality care for people with dementia and older adults with functional mental health difficulties who admitted to their service.
This proposal relates to the three acute admission wards (AL1, Hayworth and Chelsham House). This proposal is cost neutral and the number of available acute admission beds will not change.
Why they want to make the change:
Evidence from the Royal College of Psychiatry and guidance from publications such as the National Dementia Strategy, suggests that better care can be provided to older adults with functional or organic mental health difficulties if they are cared for in separate settings.
What this will mean for patients and their families:
• It may mean that your relative or friend is cared for in a different borough. They believe the specialist level of care we will be able to provide in this specialist unit, will be worth the distance travelled and can support you with travel arrangements e.g. inter-hospital bus.
• Patients will receive specialist care from skilled staff who understand the complexities of patients who have dementia.
• The dementia specialist staff will engage you in the planning the care for your relative or friend and ensure you are kept up to date through regular reviews.
• You will be encouraged to help them with the ongoing development of the Dementia Specialist Unit through feedback, carers meetings and involvement with activity while your relative or friend is on the unit with them.
Why Chelsham House?
• There is a higher staffing ratio on Chelsham House which means staff are better enabled to support the complex care needs of patients with cognitive impairment and other issues associated with a dementia diagnosis.
• Staff on Chelsham House receive more enhanced training in the needs of patients who have dementia.
• The environment has been renovated to be more dementia friendly and enabling and reduce distress in people who experience cognitive impairment.
• The ward environment will allow the development of a more occupational and activity based approach to intervention.
• There is a planned increase in the number of allied health professional staff to support with the patient groups specialist needs.
When the change happens, whatever their diagnosis, existing patients on Chelsham house won’t be transferred unless a clinical reason to do so.
Please tell us what you think about the proposal by contacting: Becky Horton, In-patient Service manager, on: 07710066368, Rebecca.email@example.com