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survey of dementia training for nursing courses

Three years ago, I heard a former trustee talk about that challenges people affected by dementia face when they are admitted to hospital. One of the reasons cited for this problem was the training that healthcare professionals receive specifically related to dementia. Training on dementia, apparently takes up one lecture on a three year course.

More recently I witnessed some reprehensible treatment of a patient with dementia which I feel came about through a lack of understanding or perhaps even interest in dementia related symptoms.

I feel that nothing short of a full survey of dementia course content on Nursing degrees would be valuable way of enabling health care professionals to better support people living with dementia.

edited on Oct 9, 2019 by Christopher Manley
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Jennifer Bute 9 months ago

Aye Staff told me only this month at the end of my contribution 1 hour every 3 years if no good at all They went to know but do not have opportunity to learn

Caroline M. Robinson 8 months ago

A recognised Dementia training course should be mandatory for all nurses AND healthcare assistants, particularly those working in Care Home settings. An annual mandatory refresher course should also be standard.

Karin W 8 months ago

I totally agree with the previous comments. I was ignored as a carer mostly within the hospital setting and, when I had been in the hospital ward for 30 seconds and saw my Mum (who had vascular dementia) did not look right and told the ward sister (or whoever it is in charge these days), she looked at me as if to say, "yes, your Mum has dementia, of course she isn't right". When I persisted, having visited every day for the previous 2 months, it was found that Mum had dangerously low blood pressure due to severe dehydration!! Heaven only knows what happens to those poor people who have no-one to fight their case - one day that could be any of us and the health care profession do need some serious educating on this.

Sophie Leggett 9 months ago

After a recent hospital stay I was shocked by the treatment of a lady with dementia who was adamant that she wanted all the MPs to gather so that she could tell them that everyone should be treated well, she wanted it to be filmed by news channels. The security guy just kept telling her that none of this was going to happen - she was in hospital, she needed to get into bed and go to sleep. She was furious. I caught the security guy and suggested that he sit down with her and tell her that he could organise it for the morning as it was night time and that she could tell him what she wanted to say so that it was ready for her the next day. She calmed down beautifully until someone from psychiatry turned up and bullied her into agreeing to agreeing to an injection to sedate her. I was heartbroken for her.

Only yesterday I heard of a healthcare assistant refusing to help reposition a lady with dementia who had slid down to the bottom of her bed ‘because she has dementia, she won’t remember’ and when my cousin with advanced Alzheimer’s has been in hospital, she has mostly been ignored because she can’t express her needs - she can do nothing for herself and needs everything to be done for her...but she’s quiet so gets left.

I think that training for people in healthcare that included videos of people living with dementia and/or their loved ones sharing good and bad experiences would really help health professionals to see the reality of how they treat patients with dementia affects the person and their family.