Home sweet 1950s home created for patients with dementia 

19/06/2014 00:00 
Where in University College Hospital can you find an old fashioned looking working wireless and TV set, a 1950s newspaper about the Queen’s Coronation, ration books and recipes for spam fritters and retro wall paper (complete with three flying ducks)?
 

The answer lies in a walk-in time capsule buried in the heart of T7 ward.

Matron Josie Gladney and Ward Sisters Rebecca Maud and Sharon Lynagh created the yesteryear haven in a disused bathroom to make hospital life more comfortable for elderly patients and those with dementia.

Officially opened to mark National Dementia Awareness Week, it offers a less clinical, homely place to sit for those patients who find life on the ward stressful and confusing.

Rebecca said: "We will encourage staff to spend time with patients in the reminiscence room. We hope that by talking about previous life experiences, families and jobs it will help develop meaningful relationships between staff and patients, helping to reduce anxiety and ensure a more comfortable hospital stay for our patients."

Josie said: "I think it’s a great way for staff to find out something about their patients that helps them to provide care in a very person-centred way."

The items were sourced via a company specialising in retro items. The wireless is actually a cleverly disguised MP3 player and the TV set plays DVDs! Josie made the 50 cakes at home, complete with the ‘forget-me-not’ emblem.

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