Reminiscence software used throughout the Trust, which provides memory therapy for dementia and neurology patients, has now been installed at Millom hospital.
The reminiscence software package ‘My Life’ includes a touch screen interactive system along with a separate tablet to be used at patient’s bedsides to prompt the recollection of good memories.
NHS Liaison Manager Fiona Hassall said:
“This software includes appropriate reminiscence content and activities to spark memories that can stimulate interactions with patients helping them to receive more personalised care.” tweet
The package contains archives of material to trigger recollections including images, radio shows, speeches including those by fantastic historical figures and video clips such as great sporting moments.
Fiona Hassall added:
“On a recent hospital visit I shared a short clip from the programme ‘Dad’s Army’ to a group of women and it took 25 minutes to watch because we kept pausing it to reminisce- it was really sweet.” tweet
Assistant practitioner at Millom hospital and local dementia friends champion Vanessa Wilson said:
“We hope that this new software will encourage our patients, their families and staff at Millom hospital to interact helping patients to receive more personalised care and to improve mood and wellbeing whilst in the hospital.” tweet
The software also aims to support patient’s families during visiting times by encouraging interactions such as working together to create personalised life books containing memories in the form of stories, photographs, and descriptions.
Additionally, using the new equipment patients can take part in a number of activities including group exercises, games, and puzzles which can measure individual’s improvements.
Photo L-R shows NHS Liaison Manager Fiona Hassall showing staff at Millom hospital how to get the most out of the reminiscence software package (Vanessa Wilson, Assistant practitioner and Jodie Barnes, Occupational Therapist).