Hospital returns to 1940s to help dementia patients
A GARDEN party helped people with dementia to reminisce with their friends and family.
The 1940s inspired event held by friends, family and staff of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, took place at Croft Ward, a 14-bed dementia ward in the Millbrook Unit at Macclesfield Hospital, and allowed dementia patients to enjoy a host of activities.
Dozens of friends and relatives joined patients for tea and cakes, fish and chips and non-alcoholic Pimms as part of the throwback event.
Domestic and admin staff dressed in wartime attire as patients enjoyed dancing to songs from yesteryear.
Harry Moore, an occupational therapist at Croft Ward, said: “The idea for this event came from one of our students who wanted to create an occasion whereby patients could enjoy reminiscing in a way that was therapeutic and rewarding.
“Feedback from patients and relatives has been fantastic so we hope to host many more events like this in the future.”
Search ‘dementia’ at cwp.nhs.uk to find out more about memory assessment and dementia services.