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Pods help spark past memories

Linda Broadbent Ward manager and Ben Warner, Health Care Assistant in one of the new rempods at Clifton Hospital

Linda Broadbent Ward manager and Ben Warner, Health Care Assistant in one of the new rempods at Clifton Hospital

 

Clifton Hospital is being sent back in time thanks to pop-up pods designed to help patients remember their early lives.

The ‘rempods’ which have been funded by Trust Charity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, have been put in place on three wards at the hospital in St Annes as part of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s commitment to providing better care for patients with dementia.

Clifton Hospital admits patients for complex discharge planning or rehabilitation, and nurses patients who suffer from some types of dementia or confusion.

Courtney Bickerdike, clinical matron for Care of the Elderly and Rheumatology/Dermatology at Clifton Hospital, said: “I am very excited that we are having these Pods at Clifton hospital as we have a high number of dementia patients.

“These Pods will support the staff in enhancing the care of the patients as they will provide a calming memory. The dayroom will look much more inviting and both patients and relatives will be able to sit in the Pod and reminisce.”

The hospital environment can be stressful to these patients and patients often want to leave in order to do other things their mind recognises as ‘normal.’

The pods recreate retro shop interiors and living rooms with authentic furniture and memorabilia so the patients feel more at home and calm. While sat by the pods staff encourage patients to talk about the memories they still retain, reducing their agitation.

There are three rempods in the hospital. A vintage shop in ward one, and wards three and four both have a vintage lounge.

Kathy Ancell, head of fund-raising with Blue Skies Hospitals Fund said: “Blue Skies Hospitals Fund is delighted to be able to fund the ‘rempods’ which provide a therapeutic and familiar environment for patients with dementia. The charity is committed to supporting the Trust’s ongoing improvements to the care and experience provided for patients.”

 

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