Find Memory Care has teamed up with staff on the Annwylfan Ward. Annwylfan is a Mental Health Ward at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr community hospital in Caerphilly, Wales. The project was designed to help make Environmental Improvements to the ward.
Faced with agitation and distressed behaviour on the ward. Dawn the Senior Nurse and her team wanted to create a more stimulating environment. An environment that created a better experience for patients.
With a stimulating environment being linked to increased levels of exercise, improved appetite and reduced risks of falls, the team decided on a Market Area where patients can walk around and engage with their environment.
What environmental improvements did we do…
The market area consists of a Post Office, Bus Stop, Coffee Shop, and Newsagents. The idea was to recreate places and things that patients would find familiar and interesting.
The post office which incorporated Find’s Post Office Mural and Pillar Box.
- The set up allowed patients participate in activates such as card and letter writing. The addition of the post box allowed them to have a place to come to and post letters.
The newsagents incorporated Find’s Newsagents Mural and working magazine stand
- The set up allowed patents to choose something to read
The Coffee shop incorporated a mural and used existing furniture the hospital already had. The Bus Stop incorporated a mural and sign.
- The Murals along with the seating areas offered a destination for patients to walk to stop and sit.
If you would like to find out more about how to use our murals and suggestions of activities download our guide here . If you would like to request a free dementia visit, to discuss your current challenges, project plans and your objectives, complete the form here and we will get back to you to discuss a suitable date.