Retro way to tackle memory loss

Staff on Standish Ward, Wigan hospital, welcome the arrival of the sensory dementia pods

Staff on Standish Ward, Wigan hospital, welcome the arrival of the sensory dementia pods

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WIGAN Infirmary has gone retro in a bid to help tackle dementia.

Hospital chiefs have introduced new ‘dementia pods’ which are designed to be reminiscent of a bygone era and will help to reassure our patients with dementia.

The pop-up rooms are set up like those of past decades and are used to help calm patients in hospitals and care homes by taking them back to more familiar times. Designed in retro themes they are filled with authentic furniture and memorabilia which is hoped to get patients living with dementia to talk about the memories they still retain.

Michelle Greenall, Ward Manager on Standish Ward says: “The dementia pod is absolutely fantastic, they are literally pop up reminiscence rooms and work by turning any care space into a therapeutic and calming environment.

“They simply pop up or down, when needed so are ideal for a ward environment. Often patients with dementia have difficulties communicating and have lost recent memories and so these will be a wonderful aid for interaction between staff and our patients.”

The dementia pod is funded via charitable funds raised by FCFC. FCFC is WWL’s Finance Charity Fundraising Committee. This is a hospital charity which chooses a new beneficiary each year; to improve the environment for our patients and relatives.

Last year, the chosen beneficiary was Paediatrics.