‘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.
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!
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:
“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?