Concerns about the lack of privacy and dignity that older people with dementia in an acute orthopaedic unit were receiving led to a project that has enabled staff to increase their understanding and knowledge of patients with dementia and how to meet their needs. The project involved workshop days to raise staff awareness and understanding of how to maintain dignity when caring for patients with dementia; the development of a designated six bedded bay for female trauma patients with dementia and the creation of a working group to facilitate ongoing developments in care. Evaluation feedback from both staff and relatives was positive. Staff report that their knowledge and understanding of dementia improved and as a result, the care they gave changed with more emphasis on taking time and listening to the patients’ needs and wants. Relatives felt that the atmosphere created by the designated bay had a positive impact on patients’ experience of care.
This project was supported by the FoNS Small Projects Programme.