Dementia care

Southmead Hospital cares for thousands of patients who have dementia each year. Some of them may need to come to hospital for an operation, for treatment for an illness or if they have an accident or a fall.

Hospitals can be unfamiliar places and they may not understand where they are or why they are there, which can be distressing for them and for their loved ones.

We need your help to make Southmead Hospital a better place to be for people with dementia. We want to place dementia-focused care at the heart of your hospital – creating an environment that enables people with dementia to feel calm and supported.

As the population ages, we want Southmead Hospital to lead the way in delivering outstanding dementia care and giving hope for the future.

Friendly Faces

We want to fund a team of specially-trained volunteers to be a friendly face to support people with dementia on wards across the hospital, as well as working alongside our Fresh Arts projects to provide music, movement and art sessions.

Your donation could help us fund two co-ordinator roles, recruiting and training hundreds of volunteers, working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and the Royal United Hospital Bath.

Bringing brighter days

With your help, we can expand our weekly arts and music therapy sessions at Southmead Hospital for our elderly patients and our patients with dementia.

Live music sessions brightens our patients’ days and bring back treasured memories.

You could also help us to fund the Creative Companions who deliver bedside creative art activities such as painting and drawing.

Creative interactions like this improve the mental and physical wellbeing of patients and reduce isolation and loneliness.

Improving our buildings and spaces

We know that the wards in Elgar House, our elderly and complex care unit, need improvements to make them more dementia-friendly.

Your donation means we could:

  • Improve lighting and flooring
  • Provide dementia-friendly signage
  • Bring in coloured doors

Research shows that all these things help patients with dementia to understand the environment they are in and reduce confusion.

“Today we met Bill. He absolutely loves music and came alive when we started to play. He joined in the whole session with some jingle bells. It was a wonderful example of the therapeutic power of music.” Ali Francis-Black, Play It Again musician

“I love this rainstick, it looks just like the one my mother bought me many years ago. It has similar decorations and patterns on it.” Judy, a patient with dementia.

“During one of the music sessions with the Play it Again musicians, one of our patients stood up and began to dance, and I could see a tear fall from his eye. His family saw that and were very grateful for that moment.” Bev Davies, Matron, Elgar Enablement Unit.

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