We deliver positive experiences that optimise outcomes for older adults with dementia and other Progressive Neurological Conditions (PNC).
For some people with a PNC (such as dementia) their cognitive skills and behavioural management can fragment, resulting in complex and challenging behaviour, and limited or inappropriate social interaction. In addition many patients have co-morbid physical and mental health needs that require management in parallel to their primary diagnosis.
Our Neuropsychiatry service at St Andrew’s has developed a range of treatment programmes and environments to support the unique needs of older adults living with a PNC. We provide a variety of specialist therapies that have been designed to build quality of life while managing cognitive decline and challenging behaviour.
During their time with us we help patients to re-gain social and interpersonal skills where possible while also supporting medical and physical healthcare needs, to assist return to their community. We also combine palliation services where appropriate, enabling people to live well with a life-long or deteriorating condition.
Our commitment to the person-centred care: Reinforce Appropriate, Implode Disruptive (RAID®)
As the first RAID® Centre of Excellence we have incorporated the RAID® model principles (Positive, Meaningful, Engagement and Reinforcement) in to every interaction, to understand each patient’s needs and tailor care around them.
We encourage the use of positive and pro-active strategies that decrease the likelihood of challenging behaviours and provide opportunities to engage patients in morale-boosting and positive discussions.
The process of recording positive ‘Green’ behaviours has the following effects:
Find out more about our Crisis Admission ServiceCrisis Admission Service
We provide tailored treatment for people with dementia, focusing on three core components; neuropsychiatry, cognitive deficits and physical / motor deficits. Our services include:
Suitable for patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007) or on a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard Order (DoLS), or informal.
We also offer rapid assessment and admission for patients whose behavioural presentation or cognitive function has deteriorated and who require urgent stabilisation and intensive therapy in a safe environment.
Our programmes deliver treatment to support a return to community once the crisis period has subsided, and also offers a service for patients requiring a more extensive care package. Read our brochure.
We are proud to support the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly programme, which aims to transform the way people think, act and talk about the condition. We are committed to helping our staff understand how you can live well with dementia, and how the condition may affect patients, visitors or employees.