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Carers to climb Snowden as a dementia patient

Sarah Mason 26th May, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

AN INTREPID band of dementia carers will feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders this weekend as they tackle the highest peak in England and Wales to raise funds to help support their patients.

The Dementia and Delirium Outreach team based at Solihull Hospital, part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, will take turns wearing a special Age Experience Suit which simulates how it feels to be an older person as they climb Mount Snowden on Saturday (May 30).

The suit will add an extra challenge to the already gruelling task of scaling the 3,560ft of the mountain which the team are doing to raise money to help with the care of patients with dementia at Solihull Hospital.

Speaking about the state-of-the-art Age Experience Suit that the team will wear as they climb Snowdon, Senior Dementia Nurse Phil Hall said: “We use the suit in staff training – it has weights that simulate muscle weakness, joint restrictors to simulate arthritis and a special glasses headset to represent visual impairment.

“This will really put the team in the skin of an elderly person and raise awareness amongst the staff about what they may be going through.”

The climb was Phil’s idea as leader of the dementia team at Solihull Hospital, however he won’t be joining the team as he will be heading off to Wembley to spur on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final.

Phil said: “I do feel rather guilty as this was all my idea but I had not anticipated Villa getting to Wembley when we started organising the climb and I couldn’t bear to miss it.

“I know the rest of the guys will do me proud though and I’m delighted they are all so keen to do the challenge and raise vital funds for dementia care.”

All funds raised through will go towards helping with the care of patients with this complex condition while they are in hospital with the purchase of dementia friendly crockery to help patients to eat and drink independently while on the wards, and some activity equipment to make their stay less stressful.

For more or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/phil-hall11 call 0121 424 3838 or email fundraising@heartofengland.nhs.uk

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