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Supporting the Person with Dementia in Hospital: a handbook for staff working in hospitals.

The DemPath Project at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin in partnership with the HSE Understand Together Campaign is proud to announce the launch of Supporting the Person with Dementia in Hospital: a handbook for staff.

What is the aim?

This short, simple guide has been developed by the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC) as part of the DemPath Project which aims to develop innovative ways of improving the care journey for people with impaired cognition, dementia and/or delirium in the hospital setting. It provides practical information to all staff but particularly those caring for patients on a one to one basis.

How will it be helpful to staff and patients?

Clinical settings can often be challenging and stressful environments for people with impaired cognition, dementia and delirium. In this handbook, there are simple tips and strategies including how to communicate with the patient, how to help them understand what’s happening around them and how to prevent boredom. By supporting the patient, this can help to alleviate distress while improving their overall experience and comfort.

Where can I find it?

This free handbook is available to hospitals nationwide and to the general public. It can be downloaded from here and also from the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre website www.dementia.ie.

Coming soon

Dementia E-Learning Modules developed by the DemPath Project will soon be available to hospitals nationwide and to the general public through this website. The three interactive modules only take 20-25 minutes each to complete and will cover the following topics

  • Improving awareness of dementia
  • How to communicate with a person living with dementia
  • Supporting the person with dementia through Environmental Design

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