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Major report calls for better nurse training in dementia care


michael stone | 17-Dec-2011 12:19 pm from Anonymous | 17-Dec-2011 9:58 am my post concerns providing humane care of the best specialist quality to the elderly and those with dementia it is not concerned with money. I speak from the experience of long years of working in functioning systems and witnessing systems which are actually still successful because training keeps abreast with increasing knowledge of these disorders and their management and if we wish to restore and provide adequate care in the future perhaps we should be looking at examples of systems which are more highly effective. We need to consider that in the future there will be more elderly possibly requiring such care and possibly increasing numbers of people with dementia. A thorough understanding of the different types of dementia and how to care for this group of patients is required and as I said above if they are totally disorientated, delusional or agitated without adequate staff to supervise them they are practically impossible to manage on a general ward and it does them a serious disservice which can have potentially fatal consequences. In general hospital care it would do little harm for those involved with healthcare at all levels of the hierarchy to look to Germany, Switzerland and possibly France to see how they take their jobs as professionals seriously. Perhaps it would not be a waste of this money that has been misspent or that we don't have to send some staff on tours to these and other countries to learn for themselves. Or are we going to continue excluding some groups of patients in favour of others under the pretext of a lack of funds to provide adequate staffing and specialist training. This tale is getting a little stale especially when it starts to affect people in your care, your nearest and dearest or even yourself! For one of the richest countries in the world it is a scandal that the elderly are not being provided with adequate care and this means even one single individual. It is a scandal that many of those responsible for their care are not adequately trained and it is appalling that we have enough finances to support the private and financial sectors which make up the minority of workers in our population but not the majority who now work in the service sector, and usually for longer hours and under often very difficult conditions to support them! we are not talking about philosophy here, nor some weird logic or fantasies but reality and individual and sacrosanct human lives and it is only those who work with these groups of patients who are in possession of the full facts of their very special and specific needs and the needs of those looking after them.

Posted date

17 December, 2011

Posted time

9:42 pm