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29 Aug 2019
Stagecoach East Midlands continue to respond to requests for donations of replica bus stops for patients living with dementia, with the Chesterfield Care Group being the latest recipient.
Lynne Watson, from Chesterfield, contacted Stagecoach East Midlands after having seen an article on-line where Stagecoach had donated signs to local hospital wards.
Lynne’s father, who has dementia, attends Chesterfield Care Group for social activities and company. The Care Group arrange bus transport and the bus stop will be the ideal visual reminder for her dad when he is waiting to go home.
The bus stop is being placed in the community room and has been gratefully received by staff and service uses.
Marissa Marriott, Deputy Service Manager at Chesterfield Care Group, said: “We are extremely grateful to Stagecoach East Midlands for donating the bus stop which will give our service users a focus at the end of the day. Many of our service users regularly used the bus, so this bus stop will hopefully help to stimulate previous memories and provide them with a sense of familiarity during reminiscence therapy.”
Matt Cranwell, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Midlands said: “We are delighted to be able to make a real difference to people suffering with dementia and bring some comfort and purpose with the donation of the replica bus stop sign.
We have a very strong health and well-being ethic as a company and want to extend that into the community, showing our support and responding to these requests. We are very grateful for Lynne for getting in touch, so we could make this possible.”
It’s common for people living with dementia to practice Reminiscence Therapy on a regular basis and the bus stops 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.
Replica bus stops have also been donated by Stagecoach East Midlands to the Bernadette Care Home and hospital wards at Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole.