Memory boxes improving engagement between staff and patients with dementia

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Trish Holliday, Ward Manager for the Surgical Inpatient Unit, and her team on Ward 6 at Westmorland General Hospital at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, have designed memory boxes to improve engagement between Trust staff and patient with dementia.

The empty boxes are given to relatives to fill with items belonging to the patient such as photos, aromas, toys and letters.

This helps to make families feel involved.

Trish said: “The idea is that the things inside the box are personal to the patients so that when you get them out and you talk through them you can find out a bit more about your patient but it is also something that will interest your patient and encourage them to engage with you.”

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