The Impact of Dementia

Our aim is to ensure our hospitals are dementia friendly. To do this we raise funds which help us to:

Install Specialist Lighting

Installation of softer lighting which provides daylight during the day and a soft glow at night provides more of a home from home environment. This eases agitation and encourages rest.

Create Clear and Colourful New Signage

Installation of clear signage using distinctive colours and pictures has been shown to help dementia patients by reducing their confusion.

Provide Individually Tailored Entertainment Systems

Entertainment systems for every bed will enable patients to access both TV and music of their choice. By having individual bedside entertainment centres each patient can maintain their familiar routines. This can be provided, all without disturbing other patients.

Create Reminiscence Dayrooms

Dayrooms redesigned in a homely, old fashioned and familiar style will provide reassurance for dementia sufferers. This will encourage them to socialise and provide a comforting space for family members. Old photos and old-fashioned furnishings have been shown to help encourage reminiscence which in turn has a positive impact on wellbeing.

Provide Specialist Recliner Chairs

Hospital stays can loosen connections between loved ones; specialist recliner chairs next to each bed will enable partners and family members to stay with their loved one overnight.

1,600 patients with dementia are admitted to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire each year.