Hospital dementia campaign extended to care homes

A campaign which calls for people with dementia to be supported by their carers in hospital has now been expanded to care homes.

A campaign which calls for people who have dementia to be supported by their families in hospital has now been expanded to care homes.

Visiting relatives in hospice care
Campaign calls for families to be able to stay with inpatients who have dementia 
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Set up in 2014, John's Campaign calls for the families and carers of inpatients who have dementia to be able to remain with their loved ones at any time in hospital.

It was set up in memory of John Gerrard, whose dementia worsened after a five-week hospital stay and some 400 hospitals across the UK have already signed up to the campaign.

The campaign has now set up an information page for the care home sector.


Care Quality Commission (CQC) chief inspector of adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe encourages care homes to sign up to the campaign: 'I am delighted the campaign is now gaining traction in the care home sector.

'At CQC, we know that good homes don’t just concentrate on the person living in the home, but also on the people who matter to them.

'The best homes welcome family and friends, value their insights and treat their feedback as the gifts to inspire improvement. This makes such a difference for everyone involved. CQC inspectors will consider how family and friends are treated as part of our assessment of services – we want to see an open and inclusive culture and a key aspect of that is for residents to be able to be surrounded by the people they love when they want to be.'

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