A young child called Noah who is diagnosed with non-verbal autism suffered an extremely bad fall at home and attended A&E at Lincoln County Hospital.
On arrival at the hospital he was unable to process the setting and the new faces surrounding him. He was very anxious. The parents were concerned about the child self-harming.
The room in ward 42 at the University Hospital of North Tees has been created to help patients with dementia feel more comfortable in the unit.
Acknowledging the power that music has to play in supporting those living with dementia, as seen recently on BBC Dementia Choir
Applications of digital reminiscence therapy in inpatient mental health nursing for patients with (and without) dementia.
AUTHORS - Timothy John Whittard (DipHE, Mental Health Nursing, RNMH) and David Anderson (BSc (Hons), Physiotherapy, MCSP).
We are pleased to hear about the fantastic work that you have been doing with RITA
Who Cares about Falls? RITA Does!
A harmed fall can cost the Trust upwards of £70K. However, I am strongly of the view that any fall causes harm! So, this was one of the many areas where we decided to place significant focus and how we can improve the patient experience for the elderly and particularly those living with dementia and reduce the risk to meet with our over-riding strategic aim of high quality, safe and effective service for our patients.
Having conducted a great deal of research into many different alternatives, we decided to try ‘RITA’. This has been our additional resource and it has been powerful in stimulating the elderly patients on Elm C Ward. We noticed the falls rate on our other ward, Willow A had increased and as Falls Prevention Lead, quickly realised this was something we needed to address. We brought ‘RITA’ onto Willow A Ward, the change was significant.
The Distraction Therapy Collection is a range of specialist equipment, including touch screen monitors and tablet computers provided by My Improvement Network. Healthcare professionals at Walsall use the equipment at point of care to distract and stimulate patients with dementia. In a successful collaboration between the Older Adults Mental Health Team, Dementia Support Team and Library and Knowledge Services, a unique online tracking system for the collection was created and is now managed by the library specialists.
Distraction Therapy Collection
You can view the Distraction Therapy Collection in the Equipment Loan Service catalogue.
Having the opportunity to develop a clinically led piece of software that has emanated from co-designing with front line Clinicians from Imperial College Healthcare London, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough City Hospital, Bradford Teaching Hospital and Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS, North Yorkshire has been a unique privilege.