"My friend's dementia care"
About: Stratheden Hospital / Old age psychiatry Stratheden Hospital Old age psychiatry KY15 5RR Victoria Hospital / General Medicine Victoria Hospital General Medicine KY2 5AH Whytemans Brae Hospital Whytemans Brae Hospital Kirkcaldy KY1 2ND
Posted by EastWemyss (as ),
My friend has had diabetes since he was a child. He had no family for several years before his death, but he had a couple of close friends, one of whom became an informal "next-of-kin" after he was admitted to VHK, ward 44 when his diabetes became out-of-control in January '15.
My friend's diabetes was treated, but his mental state went downhill and he was eventually confirmed with dementia. He remained in ward 44 for 9+months, though it grew increasingly inappropriate as he became subject to mood-swings and became prone to wandering off.
On one occasion he turned up at Kirkcaldy Galleries to visit a friend in his dressing gown, in the rain and was returned before anyone noticed.
Nursing staff stated that ward 44 was inappropriate, and eventually he became institutionalised. He reacted angrily when he was taken to a residential home. Eventually he was taken to Whytemans Brae which was probably even less appropriate, before eventually he was taken to Elmview at Stratheden which seemed an ideal secure environment with staff suited to care of dementia patients.