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Relatives of dementia patients asked to fill out new “This is Me” booklets

PUBLISHED: 15:15 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:24 31 January 2018

Ambulance crews are asking carers to fill out the

Ambulance crews are asking carers to fill out the "This is Me" booklet to connect professionals wirth patients. Picture: EEAST

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Relatives and carers of people living with dementia are asked to fill in the “This is Me” booklet to provide a window into the patient’s life, in an effort to connect healthcare professionals with the person behind the disease.

The campaign is being supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, with the booklets aiming to provide a window into the patient’s life in an effort to connect healthcare professionals with the person behind the disease.

The form can include details of the person’s cultural and family background, their preferences, routines and personality.

Duncan Moore, area clinical lead and dementia lead for the trust, said: “As part of the trust’s dementia strategy we have identified that having this booklet completed and available to our crews can really make a positive difference to the patient we’re treating.

“At times of increased distress and anxiety for a patient living with dementia, it gives us a route in to the person.

“The information contained helps to support our care delivery and overcome barriers within communication.

“It allows our staff to support the patient better throughout their contact with us and help them deliver outstanding care with compassion and understanding.

“Seeing the person behind the disease rather than the disease is the trust’s ethos and booklets like “This is Me” help empower our staff in their ambition to deliver person centred care to all our patients.”

More information about “This is Me” can be found online.

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