A special memory corner encouraging patients to recollect memories from the past is going to have pride of place in the Rutson rehabilitation unit.
The unit at Friarage Hospital in Northallerton provides care for patients requiring comprehensive rehabilitation following a stroke, neurological conditions, acute illness, falls or general/orthopaedic surgery. Patients may also be admitted for palliative care.
Featuring lots of different themes, the memory corner will have a ‘then and now’ area to stimulate the memory, help trigger memories and promote conversation in patients, in turn, helping them feel more at home on the unit.
Allowing patients to reflect on the past and recall people and events by stimulating the mind and triggering good emotions in this way, can improve quality of life for patients, help to calm anxiety, and improve well-being.
Staff at the Rutson are requesting people’s help in providing items for the memory corner and also for small memory boxes for patients unable to get to the corner who may be in bed, or at home.
Old photos or small items featuring the surrounding area and pastimes, including jewellery, records, toys for example a Rubix cube, old money, military related items, house hold items, old Christmas decorations and items which would have been seen in an old shop front, and anything that might help would all be gratefully received.
If you can help contact Carolyn Addison, healthcare assistant, or Debbie Bowers assistant physiotherapist on 01609 764818. Items can be dropped off at the unit at the Friarage Hospital or can be collected by arrangement.
Debbie said: “We are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our patients. Reminiscence therapy can help people retain a sense of who they are helping people feel more at home, confident and comfortable while they are in hospital. We hope people will dig deep and see what they have at home which can help us.”