Better Care

Raising dementia awareness

Our clinical dementia lead Sinead Henson and carers' support office Joan Walker-Fearon are holding a series of drop-in sessions for patients, carers, colleagues, friends and family to mark World Alzheimer's Month.

Sinead and Joan are holding monthly dementia advice and support sessions at Moseley Hall and West Heath hospitals beginning in September for World Alzheimer's Month and continuing throughout the autumn.    

The remaining sessions will be held between 2pm and 4pm at Willow House, West Heath Hospital on Tuesday, 4 October and at Moseley Hall Hospital, outside Violet's restaurant, on Wed, 16 November. 

More than a third of the people cared for in BCHC's inpatient facilities have a dementia-related diagnosis on top of their primary reason for being admitted.

Dementia lead Sinead Henson (left) and carers' support officer Joan Walker-Fearon have a range of advice and support to help people understand dementia.

The 18-bed Willow House unit at West Heath Hospital, opened in December 2014, is purpose-built to give people with dementia an environment, facilities and therapeutic approach specifically designed to be sensitive and responsive to their needs.

There are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the Alzheimer’s Society predicts that figure will rise to at least one million by 2025. The financial cost of dementia to the UK is estimated at £26 billion a year.