FAMILY members caring for patients at dementia will receive extra support to stay overnight, where appropriate, at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

It is thanks to the purchase of 16 buddy chairs as part of John’s Campaign, a national drive to provide the best possible care for people with dementia when they are admitted to hospital.

The decision to buy the chairs follows a successful trial and while there are already flexible visiting times, those with the condition benefit from reassurance and support throughout the night from a family member or carer.

Nicola Wood, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant based at the hospital, said: “We are delighted that we now have the facilities to support overnight stays in all of our inpatient areas.

“Having family members present during what may be an unfamiliar experience can go a long way to preventing potential distress for people with dementia.

“We would encourage people with dementia and their families to speak with staff regarding how they and their loved one can be supported during a hospital admission to ensure the best possible experience for all.”