Making our wards more dementia-friendly

Caring for patients with dementia or dementia-like symptoms is a priority for all hospitals, but a particular focus for the Royal Bournemouth Hospital as 65% of our inpatients are over the age of 61.

Last year, over 2,000 of our Hospital patients had dementia or dementia-like symptoms and with an estimated 14,000 people in Dorset alone living with dementia, that number is likely to rise in the future.

That is why we have embarked on an ambitious project to make our Hospital wards more dementia-friendly for the benefit of both our patients and the people who care for them.

We asked our specialist dementia team, based on their knowledge and understanding of the latest research, to suggest what would help them patients with dementia.

They put forward a range of improvements and changes including introducing easy-to-recognise door wraps, mobile nurses stations and orientation boards to help easily remind patients where they are.

Even subtle changes to the environment using colour and lighting can have a profound effect on a patient with dementia’s ability to cope with their stay in hospital. This reduces confusion, stress, slips, trips and falls and ensures patients are as comfortable as possible during their stay in Hospital and could even be discharged quicker as a result.

In 2016, we received many generous donations from the public that enabled us to begin implementing these changes. Our dementia project was also named a finalist in the 2016 Aviva Community Fund in the Health and Well-Being category.

To find out more about our ambitions and why we need your help, watch our Community Fundraiser, Kevin, explain more below.

If you would like to help donate towards making our wards more dementia friendly, please use the form below. If you would like more information, you can call our Charity Office on 01202 704060 or email us at charity@rbch.nhs.uk.