On any given day up to a third of adult inpatients across all specialties will have either acute confusion or a pre-existing diagnosis of dementia in our hospital. While the major risk factor for dementia is age, there are currently 45,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 living with dementia.
These patients can find the environment disorientating and frightening and may consequently become even more confused. However, there is much that can be done to help them adapt. We have funded two 1950s day rooms for two of our wards to improve the environment for our patients.
The day rooms on Kimberley Ward and Holt Ward have under gone a very special makeover with walls tastefully decorated in 1950s-style colours with items which may be familiar to some of our patients.
The Environment team at the Trust has sourced fantastic furniture including a TV and radio and pictures with our older patients in mind.
Many people with dementia remember the past much more clearly than more recent events.
We have worked hard to make the rooms relevant and comfortable to those using it. It is known that being in an environment like this can enhance feelings of comfort and help relieve stress. It can also help improve a patient’s memory and in turn improve communication.
Patients can play games with family, staff and volunteers, listen to music and look and pictures from their youth.