Introducing RITA to Gerard
Gerard took part in five RITA sessions in a quiet area of the ward where he could concentrate, be comfortable and away from distractions/noises.
Initially Gerard sat in front of RITA with staff at his right-hand side. He was reluctant to touch the screen (Staff imagined Gerard may think it was simply a TV screen)
Staff created personal profile and password unique only to him. This meant that his work/ progress was being captured and staff could refer back to previous sessions to:
- Assess memory
- Length of time using RITA
- Artwork, Reminiscence - Access progress - enjoyment factor
Gerard’s wife said “I know Gerard felt accepted, safe and genuinely cared for on ward 6 and with RITA (and Steve’s) encouragement I could see his confidence and speech returning……. Thank you”