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The IAH has moved

Proposals to develop an 18 bed dementia friendly ward at West Heath Hospital has meant another move for the IAH office.

The Department of Health has awarded Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust (BCHC) a grant of £996,662 to develop a dementia-friendly ward at the West Heath site.  Subject to planning permission, the West Heath development will see the construction of a dedicated intermediate inpatient care unit on the site. This is excellent news for BCHC and we will keep you updated on the situation.

Our new contact address is:

Room G30, Moseley Hall Hospital, Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8JL  .

The telephone number for now remains the same. 

Growing older with autism

The National Autistic Society has recently published a report on autism in older age: Getting On? Growing older with autism. The report sets out the challenges facing people with autism in older age and recommends how central and local government can help to meet them.

The key issues covered are: diagnosis and healthcare, the state of research and ensuring appropriate, prepared services are available.

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Developing dementia-friendly environments

Cluttered ward layouts and poor signage in hospitals and care homes were cited as the top reasons for causing confusion and distress in people with dementia in research conducted by the King’s Fund.

Replacing reflective sanitary ware (toilets, basins etc.) and surfaces, and installing clearer signage using distinctive colours and pictures, has been shown to help dementia patients manage their condition better by helping to reduce confusion and agitation.

Click here to read the Department of Health press release