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This week we are no longer in special measures and I want to shout it from the roof tops! RITA has played a key part by increasing the activity for the residents and allowing us to deal with difficult situations more effectively.
RITA reduces incidents of self-harm, social isolation and thoughts of wanting to die at Victoria Court
This case study has been produced just one month in to using RITA and the outcomes documented below demonstrate quite clearly that appropriate distraction and meaningful activity has a remarkable impact.
RITA has already contributed to a reduction in falls, safeguarding incidents, increases in nutrition and hydration rates and improved overall quality of life and wellbeing of residents and staff.
When RITA was in use the overall atmosphere in the lounge was cheerful, it had encouraged and created opportunities for residents to have positive interactions with staff and with each other.
The benefits supported by RITA for this patient has included a shorter length of stay in hospital, chemical restraint has not been used as the patient has been less agitated during this admission and has aided a patient centred approach to nursing care.
North Tyneside Day Hospice showcase how they have maximised the functionality of RITA to care for patients at the end of life. An unexpected outcome was that many patients have been encouraged to explore technology for themselves. They have enjoyed using the technology and that it has not been as “frightening” as they had imagined.
New Bradley Hall staff wanted to make communication between residents and their family more of an occasion and easier for them. Large RITA devices were transformed into large Skype Stations. The results speak for themselves!
OT staff use RITA to digitally enhance quality of life and wellbeing of patients with functional mental illness
RITA was introduced to support Occupational Therapy (OT) staff and their patients on ward 39. Ward 39 is an acute admissions ward for people who are 65 years and older who present with acute functional mental illness such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, memory impairment and to a lesser degree dementia.
We recently introduced the RITA system onto our Ward and this has contributed significantly to the quality of care we are able to give our patients and helps us meet their needs which is not always easy. Alongside hospital-wide frailty initiatives, Senior Sister Lisa Marshall and the staff on ward 12 are delivering their own Frailty Improvement project.