What is a forget me not card?
The forget me not card is a tool that helps staff to understand and remember what is important to a patient who is suffering from dementia or cognitive impairment.
This will help support patients in trying to make their stay less stressful at our trust.
The front and back of the leaflet will consist of basic information about a patient such as:
- Dietary preferences
- Sleep routines
- Likes and dislikes
- Information about how they would communicate
This information will enable staff to talk to the patient about things that are familiar and important to them.
What does the blue flower represent?
The blue flower is a symbol for anyone who wants to raise awareness of dementia and support people affected by the condition.
How to get a forget me not card?
Patients can request a forget me not card from ward staff and ask them to keep the card at their bedside – helping anyone attending to familiarise themselves with the patient.
Before requesting the forget me not card, patients should be aware that the information provided on the card will be shared with everyone who looks after them.
However, patients can share certain information solely with a staff member and ask them not to share this with the wider team.
If a patient is unable to complete the leaflet, a member of staff can complete the card on behalf of the patient. This will then be used to support patient centered care.