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Dudley Council & RITA win Gold at iese Public Sector Transformation Awards

09
Sep
2021

Project to help care home residents living with dementia nets national award

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It's Dementia Action Week!

18
May
2021

It's wonderful to see Eva Hamilton (Mikes daughter) doing her bit for Dementia Action Week.

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Kingsmill Hospital reduce LoS and eliminate chemical restraint using RITA

10
May
2021

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.

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Amazing Tear Jerking Feedback from Ward 222 at Royal Stoke!

24
Feb
2021

We recently announced that the UHNM charity funded 32 new RITA devices for both Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford: Read here: Charity funds more RITA's at UHNM.

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Villette Lodge in Sunderland are already making great use of RITA!

19
Feb
2021

Villette Lodge care home in Sunderland which provides emergency care and accommodation to people with learning disabilities, recently received their RITA equipment following further investment from Sunderland Council.

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Charity-funded technology improves experience of Covid-19 patients

18
Feb
2021

The hospital experience of patients recovering from Covid-19 has been improved thanks to charity funding.

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Driving Innovation in Palliative Care at North Tyneside Day Hospice

27
Jan
2021

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

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New Bradley Hall Care home offer innovative Skype stations for residents

18
Jan
2021

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!

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"Are you the people who make the magic machines?"

10
Dec
2020

We have to share this story because it sums up what RITA means to those that use her!

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White paper concludes that RITA directly contributed to qualitative & quantitative improvements in Care Homes in Dudley & North Tyneside

03
Dec
2020

Introducing Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities

Glenn Martyn Smith - RN (MH), BN (Hons), PostGradDip Nursing

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