On Monday 10 June, Rhun ap Iorwerth, AM for Anglesey, is holding a roundtable discussion about hospital care for people living with dementia.
The roundtable will be held at Canolfan Ebeneser, Llangefni, and is open to anyone living in the area who has experience – good or bad – of hospital care for someone living with dementia. This information will be used to make recommendations to the Welsh Government to improve the quality of dementia care in hospitals across Wales, potentially impacting the lives of thousands of people.
Evidence has shown when a person living with dementia is admitted to hospital they are often at their most vulnerable. Their health may deteriorate rapidly upon admission.
An unnecessarily lengthy stay in hospital can make it more likely for the person to lose their independent living skills such as dressing themselves or eating unassisted. A lack of understanding about dementia amongst medical staff can also have a significantly adverse effect on the experience of the patient.
Rhun ap Iorwerth, AM for Anglesey says:
“When the person you love goes into hospital it is of the utmost importance that they experience the very best care. We urgently need to do more to support people living with dementia during their time in hospital and that begins with listening to the experiences of my constituents and responding to their concerns. I will work closely with other members of Cross Party Group on dementia to find solutions to this crucial health issue.”
The Welsh Government’s Dementia Action Plan pledges to take action on improving hospital care for people living with dementia.
The Cross Party Group on dementia is conducting an inquiry to gather evidence from people across Wales to understand the current state of hospital care for people living with dementia. They will use this evidence to make recommendations to the Welsh Government for improvements that can be achieved in hospitals across Wales.
If you or your loved one has experience of dementia-related hospital care Rhun ap Iorwerth would like to hear from you on 10 June at the roundtable in Canolfan Ebeneser, Bridge Street, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7PN. To find out more and book your place please contact Sophie Douglas on 02920 475580 or email Sophie.Douglas@alzheimers.org.uk