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Dementia patients’ £1m brighter life in Brighton and Hove over cash boost
Almost £1 million is to be spent on redesigning GP surgeries and hospital wards to help the rising number of people with dementia in the city.
Colour coding, quiet zones, natural lighting and a “dementia friendly garden” are among the changes planned as part of the major investment.
Some 3,000 people suffer from Alzheimer’s in Brighton and Hove alone, but just 37% have been diagnosed.
The number of cases is expected to rise to 3,340 by 2021.
Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and Brighton and Hove City Council has now successfully bid for £980,000 from the Department of Health.
Health and social care services in the city will use the money to carry out improvements to make life easier for people living with the condition.
Six key areas are expected to benefit:
- Accident and emergency departments at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath
- Eight GP surgeries
- Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Downs Centre
- Independent sector care homes – this includes care homes for people with both diagnosed and undiagnosed dementia
- Day centres – Ireland Lodge and Wayfield Avenue
- Short-term community services provided at Craven Vale and Knoll House resource centres and Highgrove Nursing Home.
Plans include quiet zones for wards, improving signs and lighting, introducing aids to help orientation and developing specialist dementia wards.
The Brunswick Ward at Nevill Hospital in Hove will also benefit, with work including creating a dementia friendly garden.
The lights on the ward will also be replaced with a new system that will mimic natural light to help boost mood.
Commissioning group chief operating officer Geraldine Hoban said: “Our city has significant numbers of very elderly people with dementia, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, and we work tirelessly to make sure our healthcare environments are accessible and welcoming for all.”
Denise D’Souza, Brighton and Hove City Council’s executive director of adult services, said: “For people with dementia and memory loss, getting their living environment right can be key to their sense of well-being.
“Things like clear signage and colour coding may not sound important, but to people with dementia they are vital.”
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