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Who moved my teeth?

My grandma had a fall in her care home and went to hospital with a fractured hip. She had surgery in one hospital and went to a recuperation ward in another. Somewhere in the NHS are a bottom row of teeth belonging to my grandma because through moving between wards and hospitals, her teeth were misplaced. Not having her teeth in not only made my grandma look and sound like a different person, but it made her feel different. As soon as she even put her top row in (which weren't lost), she looked much more like herself  and was able to communicate and eat better.

Once she was back in her care home, grandma had to go on accompanied trips to the dentist to get new dentures moulded and this cost our family money for something that should never have happened. What’s more, since then her new teeth have also gone missing somewhere in the care home!

How can we ensure people affected by dementia feel themselves in care environments, and keep their belongings with them when they're being moved from pillar to post?

edited on Oct 1, 2019 by Simon Lord
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Caroline Branney 9 months ago

This can be a real concern in care homes in my experience. Having a proper system to alleviate this can't be rocket science, yet some organisations don't think about the dignity of the person with dementia. My family member also had their glasses and hearing aids go missing regularly...

Caroline M. Robinson 8 months ago

Same applies to hearing aids and glasses! Any ideas on how to label them would be appreciated.

YING Pham 8 months ago

Ditto hearing aids and glasses!

Re the glasses get a load of identical pairs if you can, places like Glasses Direct are cheap and easy enough and they can be sent back for full refunds too. A hairdryer and little screwdrivers out of a Christmas cracker if not a decent hardware store do the job for readjustments if needed. For ladies have the glasses on the lanyard/bead things to keep around the neck might help for a bit.

Also known engravers who have been able to label the arms. Hearing aids more tricky, for them and teeth, apart from encouraging the person to use a case with their name on, no real suggestions there unfortunately...