A dedicated activity lounge in Ysbyty Gwynedd for individuals with dementia was opened by Rhun Ap Iorwerth AM today (Monday 14th December).
The activity lounge has been completely refurbished from office space into a dedicated environment for patients with dementia thanks to donations given through the North Wales NHS Charity, Awyr Las.
Acute Dementia Clinical Nurse Specialist, Delyth Fon Thomas, said:
“Individuals with dementia can become anxious and disorientated when they are admitted to hospital so providing a calm, relaxing and homely environment for them away from our busy ward will make a big difference.”
“The activity lounge will offer patients the opportunity to enjoy their preferred music, art and craft, reminisce, sensory and aromatherapy in the company of Ysbyty Gwynedd’s team of excellent dementia trained support workers, who have taken part in a number of fundraising activities to make this a reality.”
The walls of the lounge feature murals painted by talented local artist Joanne Warren, who works in the hospital’s Theatre department. She said:
“As my grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease, dementia is something that is very close to my heart and I understand how important it is to keep people living with the condition active and occupied.”
“While painting the mural I saw how the patients interacted with the dementia support workers and what a fantastic job they are doing.”
"The new 'Ty Ni' day room is a very welcome investment in dementia care at Ysbyty Gwynedd. The hospital's Dementia Support Workers and staff on Glaslyn ward are totally dedicated to their work and to the patients they care for. That's obvious in the pride they take in the new facility, and in the fact they've raised so much of the funding needed for this and forthcoming improvements to the ward."
In January work will begin to completely renovate nearby Glaslyn Ward, after NHS staff raised the money needed to transform the ward in to a completely dementia friendly environment.
Sister Clare Wilding said:
“We’ve organised dozens of fundraising events over the last two years to raise money for the refurbishment because we are passionate about delivering the very best care for our patients.”
“The refurbishment will change the entrance and toilets on the ward to make them more accessible to people with dementia, and see the flooring replaces, as people with dementia perceive highly polished surfaces as being slippery and dangerous, making them less likely to want to get out of bed.”
“Improvements will also be made to signage and lighting on the ward.”
If you would like to support Dementia Services in Ysbyty Gwynedd, please contact the Awyr Las Fundraising Support Team on 01248 384395.