Carers passports are a resource for carers that provides financial support through the savings, services and business offers. They have also been shown to make carers feel recognised and valued, giving a them real sense of identify with the photo identity card.You can apply for a carers passport here.
Help us help you
If you would like to be involved in helping us to understand what matters most to people with dementia and their families, please get in touch to find out about joining our Dementia Partners Group. We will be working together to ensure that people in our care with dementia and their families have a positive experience. Please get in touch with our admiral nurse Ruth Bradford if you are interested in joining.
This is me
We would really like to know more about the person with dementia to make sure our care is person centred and their specific needs are met. For example, information about people who are important to them, food and drink preferences, a typical daily routine and what they may need help with. We use the ‘This is me’ document published by the Alzheimer’s society, which is available on the wards or can be downloaded from their website.
Wheelchairs are usually available at the Lister entrance, however we cannot guarantee this as they may all be in use. Volunteers are also often available at the entrance to provide help and guidance, but this is also not a service that we’re able to provide on a permanent basis.
Enhanced nursing care team
The enhanced nursing care team is based at Lister Hospital. The team offer one to one nursing care to people with dementia, delirium and other mental health challenges.
Mental health liaison team (MHLT)
The MHLT may be involved in the assessment of people with dementia during a hospital admission. They work closely with clinical staff on the wards and in the emergency department. The team also work with community mental health services and GP’s to ensure that appropriate treatment and follow up is provided after discharge if required.
Knowing about a person’s cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs is important to us in delivery of person centred care. The Trust’s spiritual and pastoral care team is made up of chaplains from different faith and belief groups, honorary chaplains and volunteers. The team are available to support patients, along with their families and carers.
IDT (Integrated Discharge Team)
When a person is admitted to hospital, they are given an Estimated Discharge Date (EDD). The Integrated Discharge Team (IDT) assists in ensuring that when a person is medically optimised and no longer requires acute care in a hospital, that they are supported to be discharged from the hospital as soon as possible.
The IDT is made up of a range of clinical and non-clinical roles. You may see community care officers, social workers, integrated discharge nurses, Hospital at Home nurses, patient flow coordinators, impartial assessors and the carers practitioner lead. Everyone in these roles are committed to making sure that discharges from our hospital are properly supported, whether that be assistance in finding and applying for care homes or helping family members and carers to receive professional help and support for their loved ones at home.
To get in contact with the IDT please call 01438 284034.