St Cross dementia care boosted

Eleanor Shimwell and Healthcare Assistant Zoe Windows try out the new
computer. Photo by Eddie White. NNL-160628-204325001
Eleanor Shimwell and Healthcare Assistant Zoe Windows try out the new computer. Photo by Eddie White. NNL-160628-204325001

A computer system which helps stimulate the minds of people with dementia has been donated to Rugby’s hospital by the Friends of St Cross.

The system is used by nurses on Hoskyn Ward and in the Bluebell Lounge to provide entertainment, distraction therapy and company for patients.

It contains music, films and photos from the past, as well as interactive games and sing-a-long music.

The system also has reminiscence profiles for a variety of patients and is proving very popular.

Specialist mental health nurse, Debbie Harris, said: “The trust has been developing a number of strategies to support patients with confusion and dementia and we are most grateful to the Friends for the support it has provided over the years with donations of equipment such as this and the creation of the Bluebell Lounge.

“Patients are encouraged to spend time in the lounge with either nurses or their visitors and we find that this helps them to relax by stimulating their memories.”