To promote the wellbeing of people with dementia, research points to the importance of meaningful and appropriate engagement. A key challenge is finding activities and stimulation to offer people living with cognitive impairments.
Wendy Burnett, Clinical Nurse Specialist for older people, runs educational sessions for dementia champions (the ‘forget me not’ team) throughout the Trust. Wendy says:
“Many of our champions commented that there was a need for items on their wards that promoted multisensory activity. This approach to interacting is principally important when someone has advanced dementia. This is because vibrant colours and tactile objects can all catch the person’s attention in a way that other activities, such as making conversation or reading, may not.”
According to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Society, an estimated 25% of hospital beds are occupied by patients living with a form of dementia, and on average, people with dementia stay five to seven times longer than other patients.
Each box contains an assortment of evidence-based products supplied by Active Minds and were designed in partnership with professional care settings, people living with dementia and universities. The products are there to support a variety of activities for people living with cognitive impairments, visual and dexterity challenges. The products are durable and infection control compliant, having been designed specifically for care settings.
Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Chairman, Beatrice Dyer said,
“We were delighted to support Wendy’s request for activity boxes. Our Friends volunteers also play a part in supporting patients with dementia and we know the difference spending quality time with them can make to reduce the anxiety and confusion that can occur whilst in an unfamiliar hospital environment.”