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Dementia Friendly

THANKS A MILLION! – FOR SUCCESSFUL DEMENTIA BID

 

Bedford Borough Council and Bedford Hospital have secured nearly £1million of government funding to create pioneering care environments to support and care for people with dementia.

 

The funding, which totals £987,363, will enable the design and creation of four dementia specialist environments, which will be hosted within the community and at Bedford Hospital.

 

The joint bid for a share of the £50million fund was submitted by Bedford Borough Council and Bedford Hospital, with support from Bedfordshire Pilgrim's Housing Association (bpha )and Anchor, who deliver housing and care for those over the age of 55.

 

These dementia specialist environments are situated at Bedford Borough Council’s Goldington Day Centre, the bpha owned Tavistock Court, the Anchor-owned Dame Alice Court, and a specific ward at Bedford Hospital. Each dementia friendly environment has been carefully tailored using *Kings Fund guidance to provide comfortable and familiar communal areas to reduce challenging behaviour and enhance social interaction.

 

After careful analysis, it is believed these specialist surroundings will offer the best environment for dementia patients/residents, creating local familiarity for people moving. Colour zoning and familiarisation areas enable patients/residents to settle more quickly in a familiar environment and reduces any possible anxieties experienced by those going to and from hospital.

 

 

Signage is clear and brightly coloured, pictures on walls capture scenes from yesteryear, traditional pieces of furniture used around the rooms and the general décor represents a days-gone-by theme.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adults Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We are committed to improving the quality of care for people with dementia in the community. We have secured this funding through dedicated partnership working. These specialist areas are tailored to suit the individual, focusing on respecting the unique person and understanding their perspective. Every aspect, such as signage and decorative detail has been so carefully thought out, and is designed to offer the individual familiarity, and with that, we have learned, comes a sense of peace.”

 

Bedford Hospital’s Deputy Director of Nursing Tracey Brigstock said: “We are working incredibly hard with our partners to provide high quality and compassionate care to our patients with dementia. We are delighted to have been successful with this bid and we look forward to the improvements that we will be able to make to the environment on our ward.”

 

John Cross, bpha’s Chief Executive said: “We are delighted that this funding has been secured. With an aging population the need for adequate provisions for the elderly and especially those with dementia are paramount.”

 

Vivienne Cornelius District Manager for Dame Alice Court said: “Our residents are thrilled that funding has been approved for Dame Alice Court. With people living longer there is an increase with those with dementia. The programme will enable the residents to have an enhanced experience living here.”

 

The project is expected to be fully completed by March 2014.

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