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The overall aim of the home is to meet the individual needs of every resident. To achieve this, we use a person-centred approach to care in which each person has a named carer & is offered high levels of support on an individual basis. Activities are an important part of life at Hollybush House & our Activity Therapists & care staff organise a wide range of things to do both inside & outside the home.
Located at Queens Cross Network, Dudley, the hub offers information, advice and a range of support to anyone caring for a family member or friend. "Through using this service, we demonstrate to our unpaid carers how RITA operates and how it can enrich the lives of the people who they are caring for in the comfort of their own home.”
RITA has already contributed to a reduction in safeguarding incidents, increases in nutrition and hydration rates and enhanced the quality of life and wellbeing of residents and staff.
One individual would continually walk with purpose for very long periods of time (4 to 5 hours) The individual would then become very tired and unsteady and at risk of falling. The fish tank activity on RITA not only proves to calm his manner and encourage him to sit and rest, it also assists with his mental stimulation.
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.
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.