Dementia patients benefit from pioneering retro loungeBy Becky Barnes
December 05, 2012
Dementia patients may be able to recall the past thanks to a pioneering vintage lounge.
The 1950s-themed 'Sunflower Lounge' was opened at Wexham Park Hospital yesterday by the Mayor of Slough.
Patient representative Sally Pierce said: “Having been a carer to a loved one living with dementia, I can really see how the lounge will help the nurses and carers when working with the patients.
“It is a great idea and a real asset to the hospital.”
The lounge is the first of its kind to be installed in an acute hospital in the South of England and is in the style of a 1950’s living room, complete with authentic furniture and a fully working vintage television and radio.
The room – or ‘pod’ to use its technical name – is a major addition to the dementia care team’s toolkit and will give patients a homely environment which feels familiar to them.
The aim of the therapeutic room is to help patients who live with dementia to feel more comfortable and to help them reminisce about times gone by, improving their ability to recall their own pasts.
Carole Webster, deputy director of nursing at the trust, said: "We wanted to create a place where patients could not only sit down in and reminisce about ‘the good old days’ but somewhere where that they’ll recognise styles and objects and feel secure.
“Patients can sit in the ‘50s style furniture, look at original magazines, play the games that they might have in their youth and even watch old television programmes.
"To have these reminders around them is hugely comforting and will have a positive impact on their ongoing care.”