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Western Health and Social Care Trust - Putting dementia care at the heart of design

14 / 06 / 2016

A dementia design audit was carried out on the dementia ward in Waterside Hospital and a number of areas were identified as problematic.

Patients found it difficult to understand and navigate the ward which affected their functioning, behavior and independence. Ward staff reported that the physical environment was contributing to patients’ confusion and agitation. Incidents of aggression were regularly recorded on DATIX (incident reporting system).

Patients also had limited access to therapeutic interventions. This was affecting their recovery, rehabilitation and timely discharge from hospital. This meant that length of stays were significant.

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