Aberdeen hospital’s approach to dementia care to be shared across Scotland after report highlights ‘good practice’ as four in ten English care homes for the elderly fail inspections.


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See this from the Evening Express yesterday:

‘Dementia care at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is so good a health agency is sharing its secrets to inspire hospital staff across Scotland. Healthcare Improvement Scotland spent the first three months of this year carrying out a detailed review of practice in four wards at ARI and has now published its report, highlighting the hospital’s “particularly good practice”. The 52-page document paints a rosy picture of a service helping dementia patients and their families by using a particularly clever approach. When patients arrive on the wards, their loved ones are asked to fill in a Getting to Know Me booklet so staff can learn about patients’ personalities.’


In sharp contrast, on the 7th August, the Sun reported:

‘An investigation by the Daily Mail found four in ten UK care homes had failed inspections this year, with residents being forced to live in filthy and squalid conditions, and some locked in bedrooms without any natural light. Health chiefs also found OAPs were left starving under the watchful eyes of carers and some were even given the wrong medication. Police were also forced to investigate incidents of an elderly resident allegedly choking to death and another of a resident being left without care while having a seizure. Of the 5,300 UK care homes inspected this year, 2,000 were dubbed as inadequate or in need of improvement.’

I feel sure things will not be perfect in Scotland’s care homes but we’ve seen nothing like these cases from the highly deregulated English system. I feel sure Reporting Scotland would have delighted in telling us if there were any such cases in Scotland.



2 thoughts on “Aberdeen hospital’s approach to dementia care to be shared across Scotland after report highlights ‘good practice’ as four in ten English care homes for the elderly fail inspections.

  1. Finnmacollie August 11, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    This is a great idea, not just for dementia care but for geriatric care in general. My wife, as Hospital Chaplain, started something similar in Glencoe Hospital (sadly now closed) and included old family photos and a space for visitors to record their visit. The latter being great for settling family arguments when patients would swear blind they had not had a visit from a relative who had left them not 5 minutes previously – a lesson learned through experience of her own mother who had also been in care with dementia.

    She continued this practice in various hospitals in Lothian along with a Memory Box full of old artefacts which had been donated as a result of an appeal. This all helped in determining where a patient was in their own mind at a particular time. It also helped other staff understand where the patient was coming from.

    I don’t know if you have read the book/seen the film Lost for Words by Deric Longden which charts his mother’s journey through dementia in an extremely funny and poignant way, but there is a scene in the care home where the care assistants spot a photo of his mother in a bathing suit on holiday in Blackpool. The two girls ask who the young woman is and mistake Blackpool Tower in the background for the Eiffel Tower. Deric persuades them that his mother was a model in her younger days and that it was a photo shoot in Paris. Their attitude changes completely, the moral being that the old person in the bed wasn’t born old and demented but has a history which could be more interesting than they could imagine. I would thoroughly recommend the film – starring Pete Postlethwaite and Thora Hird if you haven’t come across it.

    But I digress. If Reporting Scotland mention it at all, I have not doubt “critics will say…………”

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