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Memorabillia wanted to help make people better
A HOSPITAL has appealed for historic memorabilia to use as special therapy for patients in a rehabilitation unit to help their recovery.
The Rutson unit at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton cares for patients who need extensive help after strokes, neurological conditions, acute illnesses and surgery. Patients can also be admitted for palliative care.
The aim is to create a special memory corner which will have pride of place in part of the unit using photographs, games and household items, particularly of the surrounding area.
Items of jewellery, records, toys, old money, and military related items would be particularly welcome. Experience has shown that this type of therapy can have a particularly beneficial effect.
Debbie Bowers, occupational therapy technical instructor said: “We are always looking for ways to improve the experience for our patients. Reminiscence therapy can help people retain a sense of who they are, where they come from and helping people feel more at home, confident and comfortable while they are in hospital.”
“We hope people will dig deep and see what they have at home which can help us.”
Featuring lots of different themes, the memory corner will have a ‘then and now’ area to stimulate the memory, help trigger flashbacks and promote conversation in patients giving them more to talk about and prompting debate.
“Allowing patients to reflect on the past and recall people and events by stimulating the mind and triggering positive emotions, can improve quality of life for patients, help to calm anxiety, and improve well-being,” added Ms Bowers.
Staff at the Rutson are also planning to create memory boxes for patients unable to get to the exhibition who may be in bed, or recovering at home.
Contact Carolyn Addison, healthcare assistant, or Debbie Bowers, on 01609-764818. Items can be dropped off at the unit at the Friarage Hospital or collected by arrangement.
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