The ward has been specially designed for older patients with dementia and delirium, and contains a number of features ranging from artwork, interactive panels and day/night clocks, to handrails and non-slip flooring. The minister was impressed and inspired by the creativity and dedication of the staff who work there.
In this video, Paul Burstow talks about what he sees as some of the keys to excellent care:
- A personalised approach that focuses on the individual needs of the patients, rather than on the disease alone
- The integration of health, care and support services – to ensure that services are organised around the needs of the person receiving care
In the video, Paul Burstow also says that this type of approach to care should become the norm, and should be applied across the future care and support system.
The Government’s plans for the reform of care and support will be set out in a White Paper later in the spring.