Age UK’s initial research and the Mental Health Workshop day (Nov 2017) identified two main routes by which people, living with dementia, become in-patients, experiencing detained admission in specialist mental health units.
Checking through the Care Opinion and NHS Choices comments, reading the blogs of service users is one way to gain some insight of what it is like to be a patient or a family member in a dedicated mental health ward in a mental health trust. The examples included below have been contributed specifically for this John’s Campaign project. They may seem negative but this is because of their self-selecting nature. They have been offered by people who believe passionately, from their own experience, that the care they observed or experienced in mental health units would have been improved if willing families had been more fully involved. Several of the contributors are nurses.