Wards given a makeover for patients with Dementia

Wards given a makeover for patients with Dementia

Alison Gray in the 'living' room

Wards A9 and B14 at Peterborough City Hospital have undergone a makeover as part of an initiative to improve the hospital environment for patients with Dementia

The Trust has been working with Rempods, a company that specialise in improving clinical environments for people with Dementia, to decorate the four-bedded bays on the wards with specialist wallpaper and window stickers.

The new wallpaper helps create a home from home by replicating rooms. Patients can make themselves comfortable in the ‘living area’ where they can enjoy reading or listening to music or they can spend time in the ‘dining area; where they can eat their meals or do puzzles at the table.

Alison Gray, Dementia Nurse Specialist, said: “The new décor aims to comfort patients who are confused by the unfamiliar environment by making the ward feel more homely. Often patients refuse to eat in their beds or their chairs because they don’t understand where they are, but thanks to the new wallpaper designs patients are not only eating their meals, but also participating in social dining. 

“We have received some really positive feedback from patients and their visitors and are continuing to look at the ways we can improve the care of our dementia patients.”

Additional work has also taken place to transform the seating area on A9 into a conservatory where patients can sit and enjoy looking out of the ‘window’ and socialise with visitors and other patients.

Members of the public are invited to find out more about how the Trust is caring for patients with dementia at the first members’ meeting of 2018. The meeting will take place on Thursday 15 March, 5.45pm-7pm at Peterborough City Hospital.

To confirm your attendance, please contact The Communications Team on 01733 678024 or email Nwangliaft.communicaitons@nhs.net

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