Right now, one in four patients across Sheffield hospitals are living with dementia. It is one of the most common neurological conditions affecting local people.
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. The unfamiliar surroundings can make them feel stressed and anxious and can cause their dementia symptoms to get worse. It can 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. With your support we can change that.