Resources for Staff
The Education and Development Team have gathered and created a number of therapeutic resources for staff to share with patients during their stay in hospital. Below is an example of some of the items that are available.
Locks and Latches busy board
Designed for adults with a dementia such a Alzheimer's, this large, free-standing board features a wide variety of common, day-to-day items that will be familiar and easily recalled.
The board can be used for:
Helping to build hand and finger muscle strength
Refining manual dexterity skills
Helping to trigger memories about house-hold tasks, home security, DIY, trade skills or domestic routines.
Encouraging conversation and engagement, particularly with the men.
A unique visual and tactile experience for adults with dementia and individuals with visual impairment needing sensory stimulation. These cushions offer a welcome distraction from stresses and frustrations.
They help individuals to focus, relax and also aid to promote their sense of wellbeing by encouraging stimulation and concentration in an engaging activity.
Multi-sensory activity cushions with a variety of buttons, bows, zips, ribbons etc. In a variety of designs, colours and themes. Trials of these cushions have proved extremely successful, one home commented that; the two ladies who became agitated during the day became calm and engaged when using the activity cushions, staff described this as a very positive experience. Another home uses their cushion to discourage wandering.
Reminiscence cards are downloaded images which can be used to promote conversion based on ones memories. They are effective on 1:1 work or for use in small groups. Images can be random or themed and the collection can be built up over a period of time. If you would like a copy of any of the images please contact us.
Within the education team we have approximately 1500 images of Hull if you would like these putting on a memory stick for you to use with patients please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Twiddlemuffs are knitted woollen muffs with items such as ribbons, large buttons or textured fabrics attached that patients with dementia can twiddle in their hands whilst on the wards at the RD&E.
People with dementia often have restless hands and like something to keep them occupied. The Twiddlemuffs provide a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation at the same time as keeping hands snug and warm.
Twiddlemuffs are easy and fun to make using oddments of wool, ribbon and buttons but can prove to be quite expensive to buy.