A calming environment
A pair of in-patient rooms at The Rowans Hospice have been refurbished to create a more comfortable and calming environment for patients with dementia or cognitive impairment.
Tanya Wears, head of housekeeping at The Rowans Hospice, has been leading the refurbishment of the rooms liaising with the ward nurses and nurse specialist and external interior design consultant.
She explained: “By working with a range of dementia specialists, the team at the hospice have developed an understanding of the specific requirements for these patients. We were fortunate enough to receive two grants which supported the costs of refurbishing two of the 19 rooms at the hospice.
“I am delighted with the finished rooms and hope that we will be fortunate enough to secure funding from other sources to refurbish all of the rooms at the hospice in the near future.”
The refurbishment included decoration in appropriate calming colours, while the en-suite bathrooms have been redesigned, replacing wall tiles that have been in existence since the hospice opened its doors.
The lighting has been replaced allowing the room to have as much or as little light needed, while clear signage has been used within the rooms and doors are clearly marked with coloured borders. Some clinical equipment in the rooms has been replaced, and colourful bedding has been introduced to make the rooms feel more homely.
Both rooms, including the en-suites, had the flooring replaced – bedroom carpet flooring replaced with hard-wearing wood-effect flooring. All aspects of the rooms have been designed to minimise distress for the patients and provide them with a safe place where they can receive the care that they need. They have also been refurbished in a way that the rooms can be used by anyone who accesses the in-patient area.
The hospice is also providing support for those people in the community with complex dementia who are nearing end of life, and their carers, through the appointment of a dementia nurse specialist who works with patients and families in the community to ensure that their needs are met and advocates for them where appropriate.
The new Living Well Centre, which is due to open in autumn 2016, has also been designed to support the needs of patients who are living with dementia.
To find out more about The Rowans Hospice and the charity’s services, visit www.rowanshospice.co.uk