In May, the Integrated Therapy Teams, on the Care of the Older Person and the Emergency Department, collaborated to put on a series of activities to raise awareness of Dementia, during Dementia Action Week.
Staff hosted a week of activities for their patients including, afternoon tea, games and exercise and even a special sing along with Cheryl Ferguson, renowned for her portrayal of Heather in Eastenders.
Alongside this, more than 500 knitted forget-me-nots were made and donated to raise money during the week. Thanks to their hard work the staff and patients involved, managed to raise more than £500, which will help enhance patient care within their wards. Thank you to everyone involved!
“We wanted to showcase the work we undertake with our patients and the positive impact the various activities we provide have. We also linked in with the wards with the aim of improving interdisciplinary working in our clinical areas, to create more efficient and holistic care environments for the older population. We chose to raise funds for Blue Skies during this event due to the available resources and support they could offer and so that monies raised would directly benefit our patients.
Blue Skies were supportive throughout our planning and implementation stages, offering us guidance and we are grateful for their support.
Activities we provided were intended to support psychological well being and provide cognitive stimulation, which are proven to be important aspects of maintaining person-hood for people living with dementia. A hospital admission can be an unsettling time for people, and during our events, patients were observed smiling and laughing, socialising with other patients and their visitors, singing and having a good time.” – Alison Butel- Occupational Therapists
Photos Provided by Amy Beswick