Bridging the Gap in Care

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Support for patients and their families as they come to terms with their diagnosis.

Dementia Adviser, Simon Chalmers, offers advice and support to patients and their families as they come to terms with their diagnosis. This is intended to bridge the gap between the original diagnosis stage and the stage when more support is needed to care for the sufferer. The plan is based around a point of contact so that patients and their carers recieve the extra care as needed as soon as possible. Shows a visit by the advisor to the home of Denise and Don who praise the support offered by Simon.
From: Dementia:Making a Difference
First Broadcast : 24 May 2012

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 14-16,16+

Subject : Health & Social Care

Topic : Mental Health, Care for Older Individuals, Understanding Common Illnesses, Diseases and Disorders

Keywords : Alzheimer's, Dementia, Care needs of individuals, Elderly, Promoting quality care and communication

Notes : • Task could involve a discussion about Simon's role and personal qualities he may he needs to have in order to carry out his work. How does the a) patient and b) carer benefit from his support? • Ask students to create an information sheet on dementia, outlining features of the disorder, its effects and treatments available for sufferers.• Use in Unit 1 GCSE Health, Social care and Children's services (Care needs of individuals - the elderly); Unit 2 - Human Growth and Development (Life changes and sources and support); Unit 1 GCE Promoting Quality Care and Communication.

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