Last week, at 'The Pride of Kingston Conference' held at Kingston Hospital, our very own Clare Jefferies was invited to speak about Home Instead’s collaborative working with the hospital.
Since January 15th, Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston has been hosting and running one of their Memory Cafés at the hospital, supporting those, both in the hospital system with Dementia and also inviting those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in the community to be active within the hospital.
There is so much that can be done to join up health and social care. Care at home should not sit on its own in the community. Clare has spent a number of years looking at the journey patients take being admitted into hospital and then being discharged back home. We need to work with hospital trusts to engage in this journey at critical stages, imparting our knowledge of our clients to ensure they are receiving the most appropriate care whilst in hosptial but also post discharge.
Our Memory Café is, not only a great success, but it is a fun and exciting environment for both those with dementia and a support group for those amazing people who looking after them.