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Day of dancing for patients with dementia

1940s tea dance at Royal Lancaster Infirmary Dianne Smith, Matron of the Dementia Dept. with Ian Cottam at the tea dance.

1940s tea dance at Royal Lancaster Infirmary Dianne Smith, Matron of the Dementia Dept. with Ian Cottam at the tea dance.

Members of the public were able to take a trip down memory lane at a series of events held during national Dementia Awareness Week.

The events, which included a vintage 1940s tea dance, were organised by Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Also included were stands and stalls from both the hospital and voluntary groups explaining the support available for those diagnosed with dementia.

Additionally, on June 4 at the next Dementia Champion’s Day (which are held quarterly), the trust will also be launching its dementia friendly menus, which have been designed specially with our patients with dementia in mind.

The special menus are linked with the Butterfly scheme – which supports dementia patients throughout their time in hospital.

The menus are currently being trialled on Ward 20 at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with lighter alternatives for dementia patients to choose from, along with the option of a snack or afternoon tea.

The benefits to this include the option for extra choices, and for the person to be able to eat ‘little and often’ if needed.

Food options from the new menus plus menu designs will be on display for public view at the road shows.

Dianne Smith, matron for professional standards in dementia at the trust, said: “We hope as many people as possible can come along and find out more about what services are available for people who have dementia or memory problems.

“With support from voluntary sector at these roadshows we aim to provide a wide variety of information about the support available for those people diagnosed with dementia and their close friends and family.”

 

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