A sensory room aimed at improving hospital wards for dementia patients has been unveiled at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust’s Better Lives Charity have funded the project, with sponsorship from the West Riding Masonic Community Fund, to enhance the healing environment for patients at the Trust and to stimulate the senses and evoke positive emotions.
The room was officially opened by Therese Patten, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, on Tuesday 26 September 2023.
With its vibrant colours and soothing textures, the room at the Dementia Assessment Unit at Lynfield Mount Hospital has been specifically designed to promote a sense of calm and peace to enhance the lives of people with dementia.
The Dementia Assessment Unit provides 24-hour assessment, care, support and treatment for people with behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia.
Behavioural and psychological symptoms are very common in a person living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society suggest that this is as many as 90 per cent. Symptoms may include agitation, anxiety, elation, irritability, depression, apathy, disinhibition, delusions, hallucination and changes in sleep or appetite. It is said to be one of the most difficult symptoms to treat and can lead to carer stress, depression, breakdown of placement and admission to care homes.
Studies have shown that exposure to multisensory stimulation can significantly improve cognitive function, reduce stress, alleviate feelings of loneliness, and foster a greater sense of contentment among the elderly. It can also reduce the need for anti-psychotic medication.
Sian Jackson, ward manager at the Dementia Assessment Unit said: “We’re thrilled to offer a multisensory room that has been designed to promote the wellbeing of our patients with dementia, allowing them to rest and reflect in a tranquil environment. Our patients absolutely love it.”
The Care Trust’s Chief Executive, Therese Patten added:” We are delighted to officially open the new therapeutic sensory room, which will provide a relaxing environment for our patients with dementia. The facility at Lynfield Mount Hospital has been made possible by a donation of over £12,000 from the West Riding Masonic Community Fund. A heartfelt thanks for their generous support, enabling people across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven to be benefit from the new facility.”
The Trust’s Better Lives Charity raises funds to enhance patient care and go over and above the core services offered. Find out more about the charity: www.bdct.nhs.uk/better-lives-charity/.