Published Thu, 2012-02-16 16:01; updated 34 weeks ago.
In South Staffordshire Elizabeth Gooch from Age UK, was been able to incorporate a memory box scheme into hospitals to help patients with dementia.
In this extended interview, she explained how the scheme came about and why it’s been so successful.
She explained that memory boxes contain a diverse range of items, which are specially selected to spark the interest of patients.
Items range from postcards with old adverts printed on them, to things they may have used, such as a football.
Patients are allowed to select items from the boxes and sit down and have a chat with an Age UK volunteer.
The scheme gave patients, who might otherwise be alone and without visitors, a chance to have somebody of their own for a few moments.
As well as providing a service that’s really appreciated by patients, the scheme had the added benefit of lessening the workload on nurses.
Elizabeth Gooch said: “Nursing staff found it difficult to provide the support necessary for dementia sufferers in the ward and Age UK’s helping hand releases nurses to do their nursing job.”
Due for review February 2013