Elderly patients with dementia are benefiting from a £150,000 refurbishment of a hospital ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd, thanks to support from local charities.
The changes made to the Glaslyn Care of the Elderly Ward have created a truly dementia friendly environment, which is leading to better outcomes for patients, as Glaslyn Ward Sister Clare Wilding explained:
“The changes to the ward environment are helping people with dementia to remain orientated and calm during their stay in hospital, which has led to a decrease in the number of patients falling, and has freed up resources, as fewer patients now need one to one care.”
“Because of the fundraising efforts of colleagues, our patients are now benefitting from a dedicated day room, where they can enjoy a range of art, music and reminisce therapies away from their hospital beds, as well as the opportunity to interact with staff and other patients.”
“We’ve also replaced the flooring as we previously had a highly polished surface, which patients with dementia could perceive as being slippery and dangerous, making them less likely to want to get out of bed. The new floor is a single coloured wood laminate effect which is much more appropriate for our patients.”
“Each of our four bays has been painted a distinct colour which helps patients with dementia to find their way back to their bed. We’ve also introduced dementia friendly signage on toilets and washrooms, which use visual prompts, as well as text to help guide patients.”
“Each of these changes may seem quite small, but they’re making a world of difference to our patients who suffer from dementia.”
The refurbishment was made possible thanks to donations given to Glaslyn Ward through NHS Charity, Awyr Las, including the proceeds from a number of fundraising events organised by the ward’s dedicated staff. The Royal Voluntary Service charity, who run a café and shop at the hospital, contributed £80,000.
“We’re so grateful to the RVS and to everybody who has made this important refurbishment possible” explained Claire. She added:
“Whilst the bulk of the work has now been completed we’ll be continuing our fundraising as we want to turn one of our toilets into a wet room which patients in wheelchairs can be showered in. We’d also like to update a room on the ward in order to make it a dignified and comfortable environment for the loved ones of our patients.”
In North Wales there are estimated to be 20,400 people living with dementia, and by 2021 this will have increased by 26%. Figures show that a quarter of all medical beds are occupied by people aged over 65 years and a third of this group have dementia.
If you’re interested in supporting Glaslyn Ward please call the Fundraising Support Team on 01248 384395 or email email@example.com