Hospital goes back to 1950s
A ROOM packed with items from homes in the 1950s has been created at a hospital to help patients with dementia.
It is part of a strategy to improve the quality of care provided at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Specialist menus to allow for their symptoms have already been introduced to contain options such as finger food and easy chew meals.
And butterfly symbols have been placed on the headboard of patients' beds to ensure nurses and other professionals recognise they have specialist needs.
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Now a so-called reminiscence hub is being added to the hospital's elderly care wards to try to recreate 1950s living.
The hospital's consultant in geriatric medicine, Dr Marilyn Browne, said: "It has been proven that placing some individuals in this sort of environment alleviates some of their confusion and disorientation."
The hub has been created as dementia awareness training sessions are laid on for staff at the hospital once or twice a month.