MEDICAL WARD 5
Towards a specialist geriatric ward for University Hospital Waterford
Medical Ward 5 has traditionally been considered the “geriatric ward” in UHW. Recent audits of environmental and staffing suitability for the management of older adults indicate the ward to be suboptimally suited. This is a problem shared by many similar wards nationally.
The National Clinical Programme for Older People (2012) and the National Dementia strategy (2015) both prioritise the provision of optimised environmental conditions for older adults with confusion. There is evidence that such ward modification when combined with staff training, dementia-specific care pathways and patient activities & cueing can improve outcomes for patients with dementia and their families.
It is for these reasons that the Medical Ward 5 Focus Group are currently actively working to improve both the environment and activities within the ward.