Support for people when staying in hospital

I am doing a 6 month placement working with a learning disability liaison nurse at an acute hospital.

One of the ongoing issues is about family carers being able to stay with their family member overnight. In children’s wards the parent will get a bed to sleep on. John’s Campaign is asking for the same right for family carers of people with dementia. However it appears a bit hit and miss if a family carer gets a bed or even a comfy chair.

Is this what is happening everywhere? Are then any examples of good practice?


I think the choice should be available if the individual would like to have a family member stay or if they require additional family support (e.g. with communication)

I’m unable to provide any specific examples I’m afraid but I thought this document may be helpful to you in your placement if you haven’t already seen it…