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Dementia Pods

Newsdate: 3 July 2014

Pictured Left to Right: Michelle Greenall (Ward Manager), Suzanne Collar (FCFC), Gillian Edwards (FCFC), Chris Swann (Dementia Champion) and Karla Cartwright (FCFC)Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to introduce a new initiative on Standish ward at Wigan Infirmary; which has been introduced to help and stimulate our patients on the ward who are living with dementia.

Dementia pods are an innovative approach which uses pop-up rooms designed to be reminiscent of a bygone era and will help to reassure our patients with dementia.  They are set up like rooms from past decades and are used to help calm patients in hospitals and care homes by taking them back to more familiar times. Designed in retro themes they are filled with authentic furniture and memorabilia which is hoped to get patients living with dementia to talk about the memories they still retain

Michelle Greenall, Ward Manager on Standish Ward says: “The dementia pod is absolutely fantastic, they are literally pop up reminiscence rooms and work by turning any care space into a therapeutic & calming environment. They simply pop up or down, when needed so are ideal for a ward environment. Often patients with dementia have difficulties communicating and have lost recent memories and so these will be a wonderful aid for interaction between staff and our patients”.

The dementia pod is funded via charitable funds raised by FCFC.  FCFC is WWL’s Finance Charity Fundraising Committee.  This is a hospital charity which chooses a new beneficiary each year; to improve the environment for our patients and relatives. Last year, the chosen beneficiary was Paediatrics, but when the committee met this year it was agreed to raise money for the other end of the age spectrum and fundraise for older patients. One of committee is a dementia champion and the committee decided to raise funds to provide something innovative for patients living with dementia in the hospital. Monies were raised via engagement with our suppliers of our hospital services. 

Suzanne Collar, WWL E-Procurement Manager and Head of Marketing and Communications for FCFC says: “We are really proud to be able to help our older patients living with dementia and provide a more stimulating environment for them whilst they are in hospital.  We are delighted to announce that due to the success FCFC’s fundraising, we now have plans to introduce even more of the dementia pods in the future, with a pod on Shevington ward and in other appropriate wards in WWL.”

Jean Ramsdale. Lead Nurse for Older People and Dementia says: “The dementia pods offer grounding & inner peace for people with dementia. They will also help to relieve boredom, work as a meaningful 'fun' activity and most importantly, build better care bonds between staff and our patients, helping to raise care standards”.  We are absolutely thrilled and grateful that FCFC have raised money for this innovative initiative”

Pictured above Left to Right:  Michelle Greenall (Ward Manager), Suzanne Collar (FCFC), Gillian Edwards (FCFC), Chris Swann (Dementia Champion) and Karla Cartwright (FCFC).