Involvement with Beverley Community Hospital

Yesterday I was at Beverley Community hospital for a meeting about the public engagement day we’re organising in April.

I still havn’t worked out the local buses and even though the I’d been given a number, the timetable didn’t mention going near the hospital – very confusing…..

However, it was a lovely day (one of only a handful of sunny days since I moved!) so I decided to walk. Emma Williams, Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator for the East Riding, had put her Blue Peter skills to the test and put together a map for me of the places we’d been together. I’d been having trouble visualising where I was in relation to landmarks I knew and the map helped enormously. I always find walking is a better way of getting to know a place as you have more time to take in what’s around you.

I found my way perfectly and Emma joined me after a while.

Janet Woodhouse (Nurse Consultant) led the meeting. During the week of the Public Engagement event, there will be an exhibition of photos and display boards showing the public what the ward is like now and asking for their ideas and comments to make it better for people with dementia. On the Wednesday we’ll invite members of the public with dementia in their lives to come and have a chat and a cuppa and hopefully give their opinions and ideas. It will be very informal.
They’ve asked me to say a few words at the beginning of the session with the title of ‘Your Opinion Counts’ during which I’ll detail how I became involved and the value of having ‘experts by experience’ involved in the project.

East Riding has proved to be a difficult area to get people involved so I hope this attracts people to come and give their views. It’ll hopefully be a good opportunity to promote the group me and Emma are trying to set up as well – DIGER (Dementia Involvement Group East Riding)

The enthusiasm at this local community hospital is wonderful and for once it’s not all talk as actions have been quick to follow each meeting – perfect👍

 

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About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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