A £200k appeal is underway to raise funds to give dementia patients at the Royal Bolton Hospital a friendlier environment. When people with dementia come to stay on a hospital’s medical or surgical wards they are there to be treated for conditions such as a hip injury or a chest problem, not for their dementia. But these days there is far more awareness of how important it is to make the environment comforting, easy to
use and familiar for these patients.
The appeal was launched by Bolton NHS Charitable Fund and supported by the Bolton News to provide those extras which will make a hospital stay a better experience for sufferers of dementia, and to raise awareness of the condition.
Fundraising Team, said: “People with dementia can be confused or frightened by coming
into a strange environment such as a hospital. They can easily get lost, wandersome or fall.
Although they haven’t come to hospital because of their dementia, we want to make their stay as stress
free as possible. This will also help their recovery from the condition they
came in with and make their hospital stay less worrying for their relatives.”
The money raised will go on items such as memory prompting boxes, software and pictures, and a communal area designed as a 1960s lounge which encourages patients to sit and talk. Special equipment will be installed in some areas allowing different or softer lighting. Patients with dementia sometimes have difficulty remembering which is their hospital bed, or which room is the toilet, so there will be dementia friendly signs and the use of different colours and textures to make finding their way around the ward much easier.
To make a donation to the appeal you can text DOFD15 £ (Amount) to 70070 or send a cheque made payable to Bolton NHS Charitable Fund to:
The Donate £1 for Dementia appeal
Bolton NHS Charitable Fund,
Royal Bolton Hospital,