Thought provoking Dementia Special on BBC Two
Did anyone watch Hospital on BBC Two last night?
They have a dementia special featuring in the programme are 75 year old Carl who is taken to A&E after he becomes aggressive at home, a woman with serious mental health issues waits 29 hours for a psychiatric bed to become available and 85-year-old Stanley, who also has dementia, has had three admissions to St Mary’s since January.
The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving, or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Dementia is caused when diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes, damage the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.
Source: The Alzheimer’s Society
Care Wyvern supports and cares for many people with forms of Dementia on a day to day basis so we know that each person has to be treated as an individual and that specific training and knowledge is essential to providing the best level of care and the most holistic approach to that persons needs, as well as the needs of their families. All our carers receive Dementia training and when necessary,specific training , dependent on our clients needs. We never shy away from a more challenging person; we simply adapt and reassess how we can support them in a safe and productive way, to enable them to feel safe and listened too.
Care Wyvern registered to became a Dementia Friend company as we felt we could do more to help our staff and community to learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
It is a heart wrenching and thought provoking watch, showing the struggles put on patients, family, doctors, nurses, health care professionals, and the NHS. If you have watched, please let us know your thoughts. http://ow.ly/rnjS30dk3z0