Our Italian colleagues Elisa and Gian-Luca have been proudly introducing RITA to delegates at the N.A Forum in Bologna this week. The reception has been amazing!
A new computer-based activity system is helping to improve safety and provide more tailored care to scores of patients in hospital.
Lisa Marshall Senior Sister on Ward 3 (Frailty assessment) explains the positive impact that RITA has had on her ward. It is a brilliant summary of the value RITA brings to staff and how RITA has become an instrumental member of the multi-disciplinary team.
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.
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.
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
We have to share this story because it sums up what RITA means to those that use her!
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