Project to help care home residents living with dementia nets national award
It's wonderful to see Eva Hamilton (Mikes daughter) doing her bit for Dementia Action Week.
RITA was used in conjunction with the carers passport on a Ward. The ward staff were able to set an individual profile up with the assistance of a relative for a patient with Lewy Body dementia. They completed a ‘my life’ passport for this patient, this included her likes and dislikes, food preferences, former hobbies and career. Using reminiscence therapy through RITA supported the staff and the patient and increased the opportunities for social interaction on the ward.
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.
From 1st February to 8th March 2021 RITA has been used for 777 hours on the Ward.
The hospital experience of patients recovering from Covid-19 has been improved thanks to charity funding.
We have recently received some amazing feedback from our Palliative Care colleagues in North Tyneside who have been maximising their use of RITA at the North Tyneside Day Hospice. Quizzes, games, photos, video clips, music, sensory, painting and even the 'my life passport' features have all been used to enhance the wellbeing and quality of life of patients. An unexpected outcome has been that patients have enjoyed using the technology and that it has not been as “frightening” as they had imagined. Many patients have been encouraged to explore technology for themselves.
“It is great to see the flexibility of the Rita system being used to support the residents of North Tyneside across the different care settings”
Ruth Marshall - Clinical Quality Lead Nurse NHS North Tyneside CCG
Thanks to additional investment from Dudley Metropolitan Council, care homes in Dudley are finding innovative ways to allow their residents to contact home using our larger RITA devices. Skype stations have been set up at New Bradley Hall in Kingswinford using our large 24" RITA devices, allowing residents to feel closer to their loved ones. The stories below sum up what a difference this has made!
White paper concludes that RITA directly contributed to qualitative & quantitative improvements in Care Homes in Dudley & North Tyneside
Introducing Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities
Glenn Martyn Smith - RN (MH), BN (Hons), PostGradDip Nursing
Staff at Harplands Hospital provide an insight in to how they used RITA's reminiscence and activity content to positively engage with a patient and gave him a voice again!
Withybush General Hospital, based in Haverfordwest, provides acute care across Pembrokeshire to a population with high numbers of older people. Hospital admissions have been rising steadily for over a decade and there are often delays in discharging older patients, leading to outliers on medical and surgical wards. This has an adverse effect on patient care and leads to increased length of stay and increased morbidity and mortality.
Withybush joined the Acute Frailty Network in May 2018 (The first Welsh HB to do so) Since then the team has pioneered an ambitious frailty improvement project.
Ward G6 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital cares for people with a wide variety of medical conditions who require admission to an acute hospital. The ward environment has been specially developed to cater better for people with delirium and dementia.
The recent acquisition of three RITA Reminiscence Interactive Therapy/Activity systems has enabled the ward to reduce falls and reduce 1-1 support. One particular patient benefitted from the person-centred content, as she no longer puts herself on the floor, which had been a regular occurrence.
The ward used RITA for an average of 12 hours per day.