Katherine Hospital is a 40 bed rural hospital 300kms from Darwin in the Northern Territory and provides inpatient, outpatient specialist, obstetric and surgical and emergency health care services for the regional population of around 20,000 people. Like many other parts of Australia, there are emerging and increasing demands to provide inpatient care and services to people living with dementia, often in an Indigenous cross-cultural context, in a facility that was not built for this purpose and with no specifically trained staff. Needing to care for people with significant behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, including wandering, in a hospital that has 13 ground level exits, was the impetus for the hospital to commence a project to make Katherine Hospital a dementia, cognitive and aged friendly environment. Our goal is to improve care for these groups of people who often became long-term hospital residents. Our talk will detail our journey to date and will outline how we went about commencing the project and what we are doing to make the changes sustainable.
Creating a Dementia Friendly environment in a remote hospital
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:55 to 13:10
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