Personalised Music for Patients Living with Dementia

Patients on Kerensa Ward can now enjoy personalised music thanks to a winning bid to The Den @RCHT from the ward team.

The Den is a joint initiative from Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity and The Quality Improvement Hub, using donations to the charity’s General Fund to make great idea happen.

The idea presented by Ward Sister Hayley Townsend, focused on patients living with dementia who are often admitted with confusion, infection and delirium on top of dementia which can result in increased confusion and challenging behaviours.

“We found that when staff sing to patients who are withdrawn or non-communicative they have started to join in. We’ve used this as an activity to engage with patients to ensure hygiene needs are met and to encourage mobility to enable a timely discharge home,” explained Hayley.

The winning pitch at The Den @RCHT asked for funding to install speakers in some of the individual bed spaces,
“We have had small radios in the bays in the past but wanted to give our patients an individualised music experience that we can play via an iPod through speakers in each bay.”

“So when they come into hospital feeling frightened and confused it will make them feel safe.”

Hayley Williams with one of the new speakers in a ward

After some Covid19 related delays, Bluetooth speakers have now been installed in five bays with the technology that means that sounds from one bed space does not bleed into the adjacent bed spaces giving each patient their own personalised sound system.

“We know this will make such a difference in improving the lives of patients living with dementia. Their care needs can be met in a calm and relaxing environment, this will get patients home quicker and reduce the time that complex patients stay in hospital,” explained Hayley.

Added on 7 June 2021, in Charity - Where Your Money Goes

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