Studies show dementia care in hospitals is improving

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A recent study by The National Dementia Audit has found that hospitals in England and Wales have taken steps to improve dementia care, with over two-thirds of carers rating care as excellent or good. Despite this, the study showed that staff said they were not always able to access specialist dementia support.

The study also revealed that three-quarters of carers said the person with dementia was treated with respect by hospital staff and that ninety-six per cent of hospitals now have a training framework for dementia care, up from 23 per cent since 2011.

Nevertheless, the study revealed that action still needs to be taken in basic areas such as nutrition and hydration. These areas are extremely important with dementia patients, as many patients forget to eat and drink or do so very little, because dementia has disturbed their normal routine.

Despite the positive findings of this report, it reveals the quality of hospital care for people with dementia is still variable across England and Wales.

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