Reminiscence boxes – working in partnership with Wakefield Public Libraries and MY Dementia Team

‘Person first – dementia second’

Upon hearing the success of reminiscence boxes from our colleagues in other NHS libraries we decided to check out the idea.  The boxes are used to help people living with dementia and their families to evoke happy moments from the past and stimulate communication by handling objects and looking at pictures.  Our dementia lead nurse Anita Ruckledge turned out to be very keen for us to find out more.

As luck would have it as part of our health information week activities in July 2017 we had collaborated with Wakefield Public Libraries and discovered they had a small collection of reminiscence boxes for loan at Sandal Library.  They agreed to lend us a couple to try out.

memory box

The Trust Communications Team has assisted us by putting out an appeal for kind donations of 60s memorabilia to enable us to create our own boxes – and so we wait with excitement – keep following to see what turns up!

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If you have any 60s memorabilia (anything from clothing to crockery) you would like to donate please contact Anita Ruckledge, Dementia Lead Nurse, Anita.Ruckledge@midyorks.nhs.uk or call 07780954892.

The library is now a ‘Dementia Champion’ and we have added a selection of Reading Agency reccomended titles to support those living with dementia & their families/carers. Anita has reviewed some of the books from the collection and says:

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“This book explores reactions from children when Grandma is forgetful. To assess the suitability of this book I read this with my 10 year old Granddaughter, who loved the book and said that she will be telling her teachers at school.”

Pop along to MY Library and check out our wonderful new resources to support those living with dementia and their families.

The MY Trust dementia team have also put together a ‘Dementia Champion Reference File’, a simple guide filled with useful explanations and help. MY Staff can access this via the Intranet & we will soon have paper copies available for loan from the library too.

Why not let us know what you think or have any other ideas to support staff and patients?

Thank you to our Trust Communications team for allowing us to use their photographs in our blog post 🙂 
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Focus On: Dementia Resources

The Alzheimer’s Society states that there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051! More facts and figures from The Alzheimer’s society can be found here.

With a growing number of people now suffering with dementia we have put together a  guide showing some of the dementia related resources which are available to those in health & social care professions.

Library Resources

The library has a range of dementia care resources available for loan to Trust staff & students on placement within the Trust. A small selection of our collection is shown below. You can also download our dementia resource guide by clicking here.

NICE Guidance

Dementia: Support in health and social care [QS1] – Evidence-based statements to deliver quality improvements in dementia support in health and social care.

Dementia: Independence and wellbeing [QS30] –Evidence-based statements to deliver quality improvements in care and support for people with dementia.

Dementia: Supporting people with dementia & their carers in health & social care [CG42]Evidence-based recommendations on supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care.

NICE Pathway: Dementia – This pathway covers supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care.

Toolkits

Dementia Diagnosis Resource Pack –This resource pack sets out key steps for Commissioners, and key steps for General Practices to improve the diagnosis of dementia, and the diagnosis pathway.

Helping to assess cognition: A practical toolkit for cliniciansA toolkit produced by Alzheimer’s Society and supported by Department of Health. Its aim is to help health professionals determine the most appropriate cognitive assessment tool for use with patients in their setting.  The toolkit is intended as a guide to assessment of cognitive function, not diagnosis.

Dementia Evidence Toolkit – A resource for commissioners, care providers, people working in health & social care and people with dementia and their families.

Demtalk Toolkit for Effective Communication – An online toolkit for effective communication with and for people living with dementia.

Online Training

E-Dementia –An interactive e-learning resource to support the training of health & social care staff in supporting people to live well with dementia

Increasing Dementia Awareness E-learning –An E-learning resource for practitioners.

(Information sourced 05/05/17)