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County’s Home from Home Room improves hospital experience of dementia patients

Patients and families are benefitting from a newly refurbished ‘home-from-home’ room at County Hospital thanks to UHNM Charity funding.

Located in the hospital’s Chapel, the room has a homely feel and provides a safe and relaxing space for patients living with dementia or learning disabilities outside of a clinical setting. It has been set up through the collective efforts of the UHNM Chaplaincy team and UHNM Charity.

Revd Christine Wright, Head of Chaplaincy at UHNM, said: “The home-from-home room is a fantastic facility that took a year of careful planning and remodelling. We are really delighted with how this space has been brought to life, with the help of the dementia liaison nurses. Patients are able to unwind, do a range of activities, talk to staff, carers and family members and experience a sense of peace.”

The room was designed with dementia patients in mind and will help patients with the transition of returning home after a hospital stay.

Dave Trigg, owner of Trigg engraving in Longton who kindly donated a plaque for the room after experiencing the effects of dementia first-hand added: “We are honoured to be able to provide this plaque for the home-from-home room. I experienced dementia first-hand after losing my mum and dad in the last 18 months and I’m sure we have all been affected by this cruel disease at some point in our lives. The room is a credit to County Hospital.”

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