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Tameside Hospital day room transformed for dementia patients
Monday 27th June 2016 @ 13:40 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

A day room at Tameside Hospital has been totally transformed in a unique ‘first’ for dementia patients.

The day room on Ward 41 has been given a 1940s makeover to provide a friendly environment from the past with older dementia patients in mind.

The idea – believed to be the first of its kind in a hospital setting – is to provide elderly dementia patients with a safe environment that makes them feel comfortable and relaxed, as well as providing somewhere they can go with family and carers to help stimulate memory loss.

Patients and their families stepped back in time for the first time last Thursday when the room was officially opened.

Ward Manager Mamoona Hood and colleagues have given the room the historic makeover.

Mamoona did her research by visiting museums and then visited bric-a-brac shops to find furniture, ornaments and décor that would make the experience as authentic as possible.

Staff organised cake sales and raffles to fund the project.

Chief Nurse Pauline Jones cut a ribbon to officially open the new facility and afterwards patients and their guests enjoyed a street party theme with bunting, music and refreshments.