New moves to help with dementia care

The Horton Hospital, Banbury, new dementia project. From the left, Matron Claire Smith, Practice Development Nurse Jo Glennon and Sister Jayne Brown with one of their dementia reminiscence computers. NNL-150519-170529009
The Horton Hospital, Banbury, new dementia project. From the left, Matron Claire Smith, Practice Development Nurse Jo Glennon and Sister Jayne Brown with one of their dementia reminiscence computers. NNL-150519-170529009

A new initiative intended to help and enhance the treatment of patients with dementia has been launched at the Horton General Hospital.

Memory boxes and two reminiscence machines were introduced to patients on Sunday to mark the start of Dementia Awareness week.

Jilly Heath, Dementia Leader at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The memory boxes and reminiscence machines are a great distraction for patients who suffer with dementia to focus their attention on something other than being in the hospital.”

“After the success we had on the trauma ward with these machines, the Trust decided to offer seven more machines located around our four hospital sites. It’s such a great piece of equipment and really does give our patients an added feeling of comfort and 
familiarity while staying with us.”

The boxes contain bright, colourful objects, including a blanket, iPod, clock and tactile toys, offering comfort and stimulation to patients both at their bedsides and in break rooms.

The machines consist of a trolley that holds a flat screen monitor, preloaded with music, photographs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s and games.

Patients can set up their own profile, photos and music on the machines with the help of staff and family members.