MP Hazel Blears is opening a special garden at Salford Royal today. It provides a therapeutic environment for patients. The MP for Salford, lost her mother earlier this year at the hospital following a nine-year battle with the illness.
The Dementia Courtyard, which is situated in the Ladywell Buildingat Salford Royal, includes an old red telephone box and will be filled with various props to help patients reminisce and to stimulate memories.
The area is a peaceful haven for patients and their relatives and will reduce agitation and stress, which can occur as a result of boredom or being in unfamiliar surroundings.
It will also provide a safe place for gentle exercise, which in turn will promote appetite and aid sleep.
The new garden is part of an ongoing programme of developments as Salford Royal continues to improve its facilities in order to further enhance the quality of care and experience for patients with dementia.
“Having a safe and peaceful area for patients with a cognitive impairment will encourage social interaction and a sense of well-being. Staff can spend time with patients in the garden and will gather a more personal insight into the individual while relatives can enjoy relaxing with their loved ones in a very tranquil environment.”
A team from the North West undertaking one of the worlds largest studies to try and unlock the secret of what causes dementia.
A hundred thousand people will be part of a detailed project over the next five years capturing images of their brains.
800,000 people in the UK are currently living with the condition.
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He visited the Humphrey Booth Resource Centre helps people with dementia to live well by putting on activities including cooking, arts and crafts, and reminiscence sessions using objects from yesteryear.
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