Dementia MOOC and Discharging Older People

Since its still World Alzheimers Month, I’ll start by looking at Dementia. There is a great Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that you can join this month which is run by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania. This MOOC is one of the best known in this field and if you know anyone who is a carer of someone with a dementia or you would like to know more yourself the MOOC is still enrolling up until  23rd September 2016, 5:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). That’s 7am. GMT (they are 10 hours ahead). To enrol go to:

http://www.utas.edu.au/wicking/understanding-dementia

Something else that’s quite interesting that I came across this week are new ‘home from hospital’rooms for patients with dementia that have been designed by nurses. The new rooms were created for Pinderfields Hospital, near Wakefield , in Mid Yorkshire in the UK and are designed to provide a dignified and compassionate environment for people who need extra support from their loved ones. You can have a look at the rooms on line at:

 

On the day that NHS England revealed that its hospitals are facing record levels of delays in discharging patients. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37307853

It is worth considering why this might be the case. Some insight into this issue is provided by a recent National Audit Office (NAO) Report looking at Discharging Older People from Hospital. Back in May they published a detailed report that highlighted that although hospitals are financially incentivised to reduce discharge delays, there were no similar incentives for community health and local authorities to speed up receiving patients discharged from hospital amongst other things. You can download a summary of the NAO findings at:

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/discharging-older-patients-from-hospital/

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