The hospital is building a replica bus stop in its A&E department to calm anxious dementia patients with a familiar face from their past
- Southend University Hospital in Essex has built the so-called bus stop
- Employees hope that it will give a familiar and soothing image to patients with dementia
- People with the condition can become confused, lost and anxious in the hospital
A hospital has built a replica bus stop in its A&E department to make people with dementia feel at home.
Southend University Hospital has built the stand with its own sign, a timetable and a bank – but no buses run through the department.
It is hoped that the stop will provide a familiar image for people suffering from the brain-damaging illness, making them feel lost, confused and anxious.
Research has shown that giving dementia patients is something they remember to help them calm down – and a bus stop may be recognizable to many.
Southend University Hospital has worked with the Arriva bus company on the construction of a replica bus stop at its A&E department to make patients with dementia feel more comfortable
& # 39; Research has shown that people become much more relaxed when they see a bus stop, sit down and wait for their & # 39; bus home & # 39;, & # 39; said Sarah Ecclestone, a senior nurse at the hospital.
& # 39; Unfortunately, patients with dementia often have memory problems in the short term and can become restless in an unfamiliar environment, often wandering around, with the general theme of patients wanting to go home.
& # 39; Although patients may experience short-term memory loss, they are often able to retrieve known trusted landmarks from their long-term memory and a bus stop may be one of them. & # 39;
HOW CAN THE ENVIRONMENTS OF DEMENTIA PATIENTS AFFECT THEIR?
Dementia is known to cause memory loss, and this forgetfulness can increase the risk of getting lost, confused, or disoriented.
A loss of short-term memory is often what causes this disorientation or confusion – people can forget how they got somewhere, why they are there or simply don't recognize the place.
However, long-lasting memories can persist and if a patient receives a photo or a place that he remembers well from his past, he can comfort them and give them more control.
To this end, scientists have developed replica villages and isolated villages to help people with dementia.
In the US, a city with a 1950s theme has been created in San Diego for this purpose.
Town Square looks like a movie set and has a restaurant, an old-timer and an old cinema where people can come to reminisce about famous sights.
And in France a specially designed village is being built where people with dementia can actually live.
The village will stand on its own and be safe, but have its own supermarket, a hairdresser and a gym, all run by nurses in normal clothing.
This allows patients to live as independently as possible without having to limit themselves to nursing homes.
About 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, causing nerve connections in the brain to fail.
The condition is usually caused by Alzheimer's disease and cannot be cured.
Among the symptoms are increasing difficulty understanding language, forgetfulness, poor coordination and disorientation.
Patients often want to go home at the hospital because they are surrounded by strange sights and people and do not understand what is happening.
The bus stop will hopefully act as a distraction for some, the hospitals say.
Ecclestone added: & # 39; It is something they often get fixated on, and this installation will put them at ease and take away some of that fear. & # 39;
The development is one of a number of dementia-friendly strategies that the hospital has implemented.
It has also placed all signs and insignia on a yellow background that is believed to be easier for people with dementia and vision problems to read.
And a fake cat that purrs and makes respiratory movements, and is known as socks, has been introduced to calm irritated patients.
Bus company Arriva, which runs services in the area, helped build the so-called bus stop.
Arriva Herts & Essex Managing Director, Colin Wright, said: & # 39; We are delighted to be involved in such a well-thought-out project.
& # 39; When Southend Hospital first approached us, we were honored to be considered and even happier to help.
& # 39; If the bus stop makes even one person smile, we will consider it a success. & # 39;
WHAT IS DEMENTIA? THE DEADLY DISEASE THAT ROBERS SUFFER FROM THEIR MEMORIES
Dementia is a collective name used to describe a series of neurological disorders
A GLOBAL CONCERN
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a series of progressive neurological disorders, that is, disorders affecting the brain.
There are many different forms of dementia, of which Alzheimer's is the most common.
Some people may have a combination of forms of dementia.
Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience his dementia in his own unique way.
Dementia is a global concern, but it is most often seen in richer countries, where people are likely to grow old.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED?
The Alzheimer's & # 39; s Society reports that today more than 850,000 people with dementia live in the UK, more than 500,000 of whom have Alzheimer's.
It is estimated that the number of people with dementia in the UK will increase to more than 1 million in 2025.
In the US, it is estimated that there are 5.5 million people with Alzheimer's disease. A comparable percentage increase is expected in the coming years.
As the age of a person increases, so does the risk of developing dementia.
The diagnosis rates are improving, but many people with dementia are thought to have not yet been diagnosed.
IS THERE A CURE?
There is currently no cure for dementia.
But new drugs can slow progression and the sooner it is seen, the more effective the treatments are.
Source: Dementia UK
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