Peterborough hospital makes improvements to help patients with dementia

New initiatives have been launched at Peterborough City Hospital to help patients with dementia.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 11:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 11:36 am

Dementia Specialist Nurse, Alison Gray is working with staff to introduce dementia-friendly aids, such as blue crockery on all wards across Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke, and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals.

She said: “Hospital stays can be difficult for patients with dementia, who often find the clinical setting unfamiliar and confusing. We are working on a programme of improvements to help this particular group of patients feel more comfortable during their stay.

“Simple steps like introducing blue plates can make a real difference. Patient with dementia often have difficulty with their sight and perception, which can impact their food intake. However, research has shown that blue crockery can help patients see their food more clearly, encouraging them to eat more during mealtimes.”

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Rummage boxes, also known as distraction boxes, have also been introduced on wards across the Trust. These are containers filled with items that help patients with dementia communicate, interact with activities to support their wellbeing and reminisce.

Alison said: “The rummage boxes contain a selection of games such as playing cards, dominos, draughts and puzzle books. These are great tools to help occupy patients, especially during the pandemic when they aren’t able to have visitors. It also includes wipe-able communication boards to help patients and staff interact with each other.”