Nightingales Trust - DHS Dementia Care Centre, Frazer Town
Dementia is different from other terminal conditions because of its unpredicatable course and difficulties in communication and lack of community understanding of the disease. In the advanced stages of the disease, Persons with Dementia (PwD) will immensely benefit from a palliative service that is able to provide person centred and holistic care. PwDs deserve quality care in a supportive environment that respects their dignity. It was with this objective that the Nighitngales Dementia Palliative Care Centre was set up in collaboration with the Dhanavantri Hospital Society (DHS) in Frazer town.
The NMT – DHS Dementia Palliative Care Centre is equipped to meet the medical and psychological needs of the PwD. The model of care is collaborative, involving a multidisciplinary team that understands the complexities that occur at the palliative stage of the disease. The focus of the management is essentially to provide comfort care, meet the nutritional needs of the person and ensure the optimal treatment of symptoms in a calm and engaging environment.
What works for this centre is:
- Collaboration with Dhanavantri Hospital Society (DHS) – NMT has been allotted a ward with 8 beds within the DHS multi-speciality hospital. Dedicating a ward exclusively for such specific care allows for better monitoring and improved patient care.
- Well connected central location – The centre is located in Frazer Town which is centrally situated and is connected by road virtually from any part of the city. The nearest Rail head is Bangalore East Station. And also, within the proximity of Frazer Town and connected by road making accessibility easy is, Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station.
- New model of care – The NMT-DHS model is our endeavour to continue to develop newer models of care that meets the specific needs of patients in collaboration with local care providers.
- Palliative dementia care
- Geriatric care – like bed sore management and prevention of infections
- Psychological and emotional support – to Persons with Dementia (PwD) and caregivers
- Meeting specific nutritional needs – through the use of alternative feeding techniques
- Comfort care – by avoiding aggressive medical treatment and providing optimal treatment for symptoms.