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12 Jan 2018
Following the successful response to a replica bus stop being placed in the garden of a Lincoln care home for patients suffering with dementia, the NHS are keen to introduce the idea into hospitals.
Stagecoach East Midlands responded to a request from Bernadette House Care Home in Lincoln to provide them with a replica bus stop and timetable for their residents. The unique addition is now assisting with reminiscence therapy for residents living with dementia.
Having seen the story, the bus company was contacted by The Health Tree Foundation, the official charity for Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals, which is keen to place replica bus stops in some of its wards.
Victoria Winterton, Charity Manager for the Health Tree Foundation said: “We are over the moon that Stagecoach has been able to grant our wish for some bus stops. They are going to provide a place for patients to sit down, talk to someone or maybe even reminisce about where they might be going on the bus. This is all in an effort to help people feel less confused and frustrated.”
Rachel Greenbeck, quality matron with the lead for dementia and learning disabilities, said: “I would like to thank Stagecoach very much for this donation. If patients with dementia are faced with a long, featureless corridor, they can feel quite lost. They spend a lot of the day wandering as they are searching for something; searching for a purpose. The aim of the bus stop is to ease the stress experienced by patients with memory loss who believe they need to get to work, go home or catch a bus for a day out.”
The hospitals will receive two replica bus stops and timetables each from Stagecoach East Midlands on Friday 12th January.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We are delighted that the NHS has approached us to provide even more replica bus stops to help with therapy for people living with dementia. We donated the gift to Bernadette House after the manager approached us with the idea and we are thrilled that it has inspired local hospitals to do the same.”
It’s common for people living with dementia to practice Reminiscence Therapy on a regular basis and the bus stops will help. This type of therapy encourages discussion of past activities; events and experiences that help people reconnect with their former lives. Many people may have used the bus regularly so the bus stops will hopefully bring some familiarity and comfort to those in the wards.
The Health Tree Foundation has also launched a new appeal called Golden Leaves. Its initial aim is to raise £15,000 to buy two state-of-the-art pieces of equipment, which will provide vital stimulation for dementia patients.