What support is available for people with Dementia when they attend a hospital appointment?

For many of us attending an appointment at hospital can be daunting. For someone with Dementia, it can be terrifying!
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Summary

Hospitals are busy, loud places and people with Dementia, and their Carers, tell us how challenging it can be to attend regular Outpatient appointments.

We partnered with Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Services to visit Darent Valley Hospital and see for ourselves what support is available for people with Dementia.

Key findings from our research:

  • Inconsistent information and confusing signage made navigating the hospital confusing.
  • Information leaflets were not supportive to people with additional needs such as our volunteer with Dementia.
  • We heard about volunteer Dementia Buddies but they are not available in the main reception or Outpatients.

We have made a number of recommendations and we will be following up with the hospital to ensure they put actions into place.

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