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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Reminiscence Work at WUTH

An acute hospital is not the correct environment for people with dementia;  however we are continually striving to enhance the  environment in a number of ways. There is a memory café for patients to enjoy old footage TV, listen to music, enjoy singalongs and other activities - memory cafe poster.  There is a pub situated on Ward 21:

There is now a kitchen, a hairdressers and a garden area on other wards:

The Trust library service has recently worked with Wirral Libraries to create reminiscent boxes available from the memory café. Patients can enjoy this reminiscent activity in the café or on any ward at the patients' own bedside. The boxes are available for staff, befriending volunteers or visitors to enjoy with their relative whilst in hospital. Similar boxes can be loaned out to Community groups and Care homes from the libraries on the Wirral:

Every ward has a dementia board which informs visitors, patients and staff of how we care for people with dementia:

Reminiscence tablets are available for staff and befriending volunteers for reminiscent therapy at patient's bed side.  A sofware programme is available on the tablets, which include activities such as Bingo, Sing-along and chair exercises for befriending volunteers who visit the wards regularly and for staff to use.

A singer visits older people's wards monthly and there is a plan for more entertainers to visit the wards. 

Twiddlemuffs are available for dementia patients in Memory Cafe and on wards.