The RCN’s Older People’s Forum is encouraging nursing staff to become delirium champions to help improve early identification in older people.
A new initiative, supported by My Dementia Improvement Network, will raise awareness of the importance of quickly diagnosing delirium and offer health care staff the tools to identify the condition. With more older people than ever living alone at home, it is often down to community health care workers to spot the early signs of delirium and to know how to escalate a case.
A local charity has launched a fundraising appeal to support people experiencing memory loss.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity aims to purchase a number of ‘My Life’ memory software packages that will support patients with dementia and neurological conditions being cared for at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. The software aims to ‘spark’ recollections that can stimulate conversations between the patient and their nursing staff. Ultimately, it can improve a patient’s wellbeing and help provide a more personalised package of care.
The software includes a huge range of photographs, video clips, radio shows and music dating back to the 1930s. It also includes pictures and newsreels of the local area from wartime to the present day. Staff, patients and their family members can work together to create a personal profile and ‘Life Book’ for each patient. This can include their personal likes and dislikes, their favourite music, pictures of their childhood and even video messages from friends and loved ones.
Well Done to Danielle Woods & the Team – Fundraising for Bradford Royal Infirmary by doing a Trek in China!
The Silver Birch Fund with the support of their many sponsors and volunteers have been tirelessly fund raising for the past year to purchase this excellent system for our patients. The target looked some way distant, however thanks to the submission of successful business case we are delighted to announce the introduction of this technology supported reminiscence therapy for patients with Dementia here at Darent Valley Hospital.
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The Dementia Support team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have recently introduced new digital reminiscence therapy computers onto the elderly care wards at Pinderfields and Dewsbury Hospitals.
The digital reminiscence therapy is a form of cognitive therapy which calms, stimulates and reduces agitation in patients with dementia. The therapy has been proven to help and positively engage dementia patients, with a cognitive decline in mental abilities such as memory and thinking.
Digital software which provides memory therapy for patients who have dementia, or those who have suffered a head injury or stroke, has been introduced by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) at several of its inpatient units.
The My Improvement Network equipment uses interactive touch screen tablets to access personal photos, patients’ favourite music, TV programmes and life stories. A profile can be built about each patient, which can include their likes and dislikes, as well as information about their family and friends.