Forget-me-not stickers idea to help boost hospital’s care of dementia sufferers and their families
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Dawn Parkes, project leader, and Danielle Woods, dementia project manager, with the memories tree at BRIA ‘sticker’ scheme to give high-quality care to dementia patients is being introduced across Bradford Teaching Hospitals.
A forget-me-knot flower sticker put in patients case notes and above their beds will mean patients with the condition are easily identified.
Head of nursing for medicine Dawn Parkes, said the scheme will help make Bradford Teaching Hospitals a centre of excellence for dementia.
“The forget-me-knot scheme is another example of our drive to improve our continuing care, treatment and support for this vulnerable patient group,” she said.
To celebrate the start of the scheme, a Christmas tree where people can leave memories and thoughts has been placed in the main entrance of the Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Dementia project manager, Dani Woods, said: “We have been asking patients, visitors, relatives and staff to write the names of loved ones that they wish to remember this Christmas, or a statement around the positive care they or relatives have received, on a name-tag to hang on our Christmas tree.
“The tree and its memories tags have been receiving so much attention that we have decided that once it is taken down, the luggage labels will be adapted into a piece of art work which will be displayed within the hospital.”
“Hospitals can be very unsettling places for patients with dementia, so our work centres around helping patients and staff connect through something that is embedded in memories. It also gives relatives the chance to have that kind of interaction with their loved ones too” said Miss Woods.
The Forget-me-knot scheme and the Foundation Trust’s