Stunning images spark memories for dementia patients at Doncaster hospital

Pictured are: (seated, L-R) Liz Copley (Consultant Occupational Therapist), Carol Clerihue (Nursing Assistant, Windermere Lodge), (standing, L-R) Tony Stead (Business Development Manager, New Vision), Johanne Keeton (nursing assistant Windermere Lodge) and Kim Gostolo (Health Promotion Lead Older People's Mental Health Services).
Pictured are: (seated, L-R) Liz Copley (Consultant Occupational Therapist), Carol Clerihue (Nursing Assistant, Windermere Lodge), (standing, L-R) Tony Stead (Business Development Manager, New Vision), Johanne Keeton (nursing assistant Windermere Lodge) and Kim Gostolo (Health Promotion Lead Older People's Mental Health Services).
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Beautiful pictures showing iconic images are being used to brighten wards and inspire memories for older people in Doncaster.

The project is a collaboration between Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and New Vision Signs and Graphics. The aim is to improve the care and environments in Older People’s Mental Health Inpatient Services at Windermere Lodge in Doncaster and also at The Woodlands in Rotherham, both run by RDaSH.

The images prompt older people with dementia to remember things from their past and create talking points for them and their families.

In Doncaster’s Windermere Lodge, the artwork aims to help patients with their sense of ‘place’ and belonging, using the themes of Doncaster’s well-known market and Doncaster Races.

RDaSH consultant occupational therapist Liz Copley said: “Using beautiful photographs taken by local photographer Richard Benson and the New Vision system the end result is stunning!

“Bright and vivid photographic sequences of local landmarks now adorn the previously empty walls and are a real talking point.

“The unit has also been repainted and signage improved – both of which help patients with dementia find their way and understand their environment more easily, helping them to stay as active and independent as possible. The use of colour to positively affect mood and wellbeing has also been an important feature of the work.”