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Staff describe how RITA is used to dramatically reduce agitation, confusion and distressed behaviours, ultimately resulting in a reduction in safeguarding incidents & use of PRN medication.
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.
Hearing a person’s life story can be a powerful tool to help understand the individual and their experiences. It also helps with their memory, which is relevant for our service users. Our MHSOP service has taken on this work of capturing life stories of the service users.