St. Andrew's Community Hospital opens new Dementia Care Ward
St. Andrew's Community Hospital has opened a new Dementia Care Ward which is designed to care for patients suffering from the whole spectrum of the mental illness.
The ward which used to care only for mild dementia patients was upgraded last year.
The new ward adopts a person-centred care model where patients get more than just physical rehabilitation.
The therapy programme factors in their abilities, interests and personalities to help them recover.
The 22-bedded ward is also designed to create a more home-like environment for the patients to help them stay active and socially engaged.
The community hospital says this has allowed it to address some of the challenges of caring for moderate to severe dementia patients.
These include behavioural changes and the tendency to wander.
Some 80 patients were cared for since the ward was upgraded last October.
All of them were referred by restructured hospitals and the majority had suffered a stroke or a fall.
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