What is Dementia? How can you help?
When you're living with dementia, the world can feel like a scary and confusing place. Imagine then having to visit or stay in a busy hospital, away from the familiarity of your home and family, many suffer with loneliness, fear and sadness.
Whilst we are proud of the care and treatment provided to our dementia patients at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we also want to continually improve and enhance our services to make sure any time spent in hospital is as comfortable as possible and give them the best chance of returning home feeling fit and healthy.
The changes we would like to deliver will make a huge difference to the lives of our dementia patients, their carers and our staff and that is why we need your help.
Whilst our Dementia Appeal will run for several years we have set ourselves an initial target of raising £33,000 to take those first important steps towards improving the hospital environment for people living with dementia.
Our first phase of this appeal will focus on replacing clocks around the hospital with dementia-friendly clocks and to purchase a Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities (RITA) machine.
You can help us make a difference by supporting the Brighter Futures Dementia Appeal today.
"The first phase of the appeal will go such a long way in improving the stay for our patients in hospital. The clocks will support with familiarity and display information that is easier to interpret - often, patients with dementia can get easily confused and do not always recognise where they are or what time it is, so these clocks will really help those staying or moving around the hospital. The RITA machine will be beneficial in triggering memories and emotions in our patients, especially as they can be tailored to display sounds and visuals that are directly relatable to each patient." Tim Allen, Dementia Specialist Admiral Nurse, GWH