18th February 2016 – Tuning into the needs of patients with dementia

Posted on February 18, 2016 by AireAdmin No Comments

Staff and patients invited to take time out to learn about the benefits of music therapy and support Dementia UK. A Time for a Cuppa event is being hosted at Airedale Hospital by the occupational therapy and physiotherapy teams to support the national campaign and help families living with dementia. The event is being planned for Friday 4 March, 10am – 12 noon, in the therapy meeting room.

“Music helps to lift someone’s mood, stimulates emotions and reactions and so is an ideal tool to help us engage with patient and care for them, especially if they have dementia,” said Sara Robinson, senior nurse at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

“We recently were struggling to connect with a patient until we discovered that she loved Elvis,” said Jo Ogden, physiotherapy assistant at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, who helps look after frail and elderly patients. “When we played his music it helped her feel comfortable and made such a difference. Music therapy is used in lots of care homes. These days we need to think outside the box to connect with our patients. We can use reminiscence cards to stimulate them, bring pat dogs in if they have a pet or use music. These may seem very small things but can make a huge difference to patients. Clinical uniforms and environments can be a barrier and we need to get past these to help benefit their care.”

The event will be themed around the 1940’s era, with music  and reminiscence materials to help tap into the long-term memories of older people and prompt discussion amongst staff. There will also be cakes and refreshments for sale to help fund Admiral specialist nurses who support people with dementia live in their own homes. Last year the team raised £275 for Dementia UK through a single event.

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