Dig out your old photographs

Posted on in Hospitals, Services

The dementia team at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is urging people to dig out their photographs of local scenes from years gone by.

My life story screen

As part of an on-going project to make the trust more dementia friendly the team have invested in five digital interactive screens from My Life Software™.

The innovative touchscreen devices provide interactive games, music and picture galleries and enable families to upload personal photographs to create a patient’s own life story.

Staff are now looking to add historical pictures of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Hambleton and Richmondshire that might trigger memories and promote conversation in patients with dementia.

Beth Swanson, dementia strategy project manager, said: “Structured reminiscence therapy can help people with dementia retain a sense of who they are.

“Locally we have a rich social history and old photographs of local scenes such as Redcar beach on bank holiday Monday or a famous Middlesbrough Football Club player or game, or pictures of workers at British Steel may trigger a memory that leads to more being recalled and shared. This can bring great joy and benefit to both the patient and the care giver.”

Anyone who has any old photographs that they would be happy to share with this project can contact Beth on 01642 854699 or elizabeth.swanson@stees.nhs.uk or follow us on Twitter @steesdementia.