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Man who’s wife suffers from dementia has published a book.

“Anyone involved in dementia care, either personally or professionally, will benefit from sharing Tom’s experiences.”

 Tom Wearden with wife Margaret last year

Chartered engineer Tom Wearden, 83, said he hasn’t had a “meaningful conversation” with other half Margaret for over 10 years.

Mr Wearden’s book, Front Line Alzheimer’s, is an account of his life providing 24-hour care and has medical professionals and social workers in mind.

The writer said he wants to show the hope and fulfilment he’s enjoyed looking after the love of his life – in an otherwise “harrowing” situation.

He said: “I hope that these notes about my experiences as a 24/7 carer for Margaret help to explain what real life is like for many family carers who spend most of their time at the front line.”

Mental health patients ‘failed’ says report on Hellesdon Hospital

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report said improvements were needed

Hellesdon Hospital

A Norfolk hospital which looks after people with mental health problems is failing to meet expected levels of care, according to a report.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on Hellesdon Hospital said improvements were needed.

It said patients’ needs were “not always assessed in a timely way” and many care plans were out of date.

The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said it was addressing concerns.

The CQC also found that risk assessments were often incomplete, and that one patient inspectors talked to did not know he had been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Mystery benefactor funds new dementia support workers at N&N

A mystery benefactor has helped fund three new support workers at Norfolk’s biggest hospital to provide more support to patients with dementia, their families and carers.

Dementia support at the N&N. Support worker Adele McCrory with Ann Saunders and the 'This is Me' book about her father John Goldie. Photo: Bill Smith Dementia support at the N&N. Support worker Adele McCrory with Ann Saunders and the ‘This is Me’ book about her father John Goldie. Photo: Bill Smith

Adam Gretton Health correspondent adam.gretton@archant.co.uk
Friday, January 17, 2014
6:30 AM

The dementia support workers have begun working on inpatient wards at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with the aim of enhancing the experience of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia

The three new roles, which also offer specialist advice and support to the relatives and carers of people with dementia, have been funded by a local charity who have asked to remain anonymous.

Officials from the N&N said the donation would fund the dementia support workers for five years and the hospital would look to extend the roles to outpatient services in the future.