Dementia with Lewy bodies – Enhancing Quality of Care

13
Nov
2017

Dementia with Lewy bodies is the third most frequent cause of dementia in older adults, and accounts for 15–35% of all dementias. Dementia with Lewy bodies is also the most common dementia syndrome associated with Parkinsonism. It is primarily a disease affecting the elderly population.

Men may be at higher risk of developing Lewy body dementia than women Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), also known as Lewy body dementia, is a common type of dementia estimated to affect more than 100,000 people in the UK. It’s rare in people under 65.

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Delirium champions can help nurses to save lives, says RCN

6
Oct
2017

The college has launched a project in which staff will be trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of delirium in older patients.

The project is sponsored by My Improvement Network, an organisation which aims to improve the care of people with cognitive impairment through the use of technology.

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RCN seeking volunteers to help combat delirium

5
Sep
2017

The RCN has today launched a new drive to help nurses spot the signs of delirium in order to improve care and even save lives.

Sponsored by my Improvement Network, the new RCN project will recruit delirium champions from across the health service to help spread the word about the condition.

Delirium is a common and serious medical condition that can affect anyone, especially those who are older or seriously unwell.

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Become a Delirium champion

1
Sep
2017

The RCN’s Older People’s Forum is encouraging nursing staff to become delirium champions to help improve early identification in older people.

A new initiative, supported by My Dementia Improvement Network, will raise awareness of the importance of quickly diagnosing delirium and offer health care staff the tools to identify the condition. With more older people than ever living alone at home, it is often down to community health care workers to spot the early signs of delirium and to know how to escalate a case.

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Local charity launches appeal to support dementia patients

15
May
2017

A local charity has launched a fundraising appeal to support people experiencing memory loss.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity aims to purchase a number of ‘My Life’ memory software packages that will support patients with dementia and neurological conditions being cared for at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.  The software aims to ‘spark’ recollections that can stimulate conversations between the patient and their nursing staff. Ultimately, it can improve a patient’s wellbeing and help provide a more personalised package of care.

The software includes a huge range of photographs, video clips, radio shows and music dating back to the 1930s. It also includes pictures and newsreels of the local area from wartime to the present day. Staff, patients and their family members can work together to create a personal profile and ‘Life Book’ for each patient. This can include their personal likes and dislikes, their favourite music, pictures of their childhood and even video messages from friends and loved ones.

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Fundraising for Bradford Royal Infirmary

10
May
2017

Well Done to Danielle Woods & the Team – Fundraising for Bradford Royal Infirmary by doing a Trek in China!

Introducing Interactive Me Technology Reminiscence Therapy

27
Apr
2017

The Silver Birch Fund with the support of their many sponsors and volunteers have been tirelessly fund raising for the past year to purchase this excellent system for our patients. The target looked some way distant, however thanks to the submission of successful business case we are delighted to announce the introduction of this technology supported reminiscence therapy for patients with Dementia here at Darent Valley Hospital.

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My Improvement Network are committed to investing in education for health care professionals and are proud supporters of RCN Projects

The integration and use of technology within healthcare offers significant benefits in both primary and secondary care settings. These benefits can extend across nursing practice from improving person centered care to enhancing daily workflows. Providing educational tools that empower and guide nursing staff through this digital revolution is critical and will help facilitate successful incorporation and safe implementation of technologies within nursing, by nurses.