One in six of us will develop dementia by the time we reach our eighties

Imagine finding yourself in an unfamiliar place, full of strange noises and bright lights.

You’re not sure what’s happening or how you got there and you’re surrounded by people you don’t recognise. You might feel scared, confused and alone. That’s what being in hospital can feel like for people with dementia.

When you're living with dementia, the world can feel very different. That means people with dementia often struggle with the traditional hospital environment. The unfamiliar surroundings can make them feel stressed and anxious and can cause their symptoms to get worse.

“I’m very proud of the care that we provide to people with dementia. But by supporting the appeal, you’ll make the experience of being in hospital so much better and help them return home feeling as fit and healthy as possible." 

Claire Lawson, Sister on Brearley 7 at the Northern General Hospital

                                                  


Around 7,000 people are currently living with dementia in Sheffield

Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by the condition.

Through the lens of dementia, the world can look very different. A dark patch on the floor, such as patterns on carpet or tiles, becomes a gaping hole. Shiny surfaces appear wet and slippery. Signs and instructions are difficult to understand, as the words become jumbled and lose their meaning.

Imagine how confusing a hospital ward must feel to somebody with symptoms like that. It could stop them from being able to do things they’d normally do on their own – like eating a meal, or getting washed and dressed in the morning.

Once people with dementia stop washing, dressing and eating independently, they can easily forget how to. This can make it much harder for them to return to their own homes when they’re ready to leave hospital. With your support we can change that.

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