Sometimes the simplest and most sensible ideas sound surprising when we first hear them. So it is with some of the concepts put forth by dementia care expert June Andrews, who believes we need to radically change dementia care.
“Professor June Andrews is on a mission,” says BBC host Ben Handley by way of introduction to the twenty-minute podcast below. Andrews’ mission began he continues “when she started her career as a nurse and witnessed what she thought was in many cases shockingly inadequate treatment of older people in hospital. She went on to become director of nursing at two general hospitals, she led the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland and has advised governments and health authorities at home and abroad.”
Andrews champions new approaches to dealing with dementia and argues that we need a low-cost “revolution” in elder care. She’s frank and open and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.
“Hospital is a terrible place for a person with dementia,” Andrews says. “The things that happened to them in hospital don’t make them better, they make them worse.” She says enormous amounts of money are wasted on delivering poor care, and she has some clear and specific ideas on how to create positive change. Listen to the podcast to learn more.