Our current project, costing £16,000, is to furnish two comfortable, non-clinical Quiet Rooms adjacent to Elizabeth and Harpur Wards for elderly patients who are admitted with medical needs such as hip replacement, but who also suffer from Dementia. The new Quiet Rooms (one for men and one for women), co-ordinated in relaxing colours, will be havens of peace for these patients, who find it hard to eat their meals and to recover well in the unfamiliar surroundings of a Ward.
The furniture has been designed in a project with Stirling University to be stable, comfortable and hygienic with rounded corners. All cupboards will be secured to the wall so that elderly people cannot pull them down on top of themselves. Specially-designed crockery and cutlery will assist with independent eating. Easy-to-read clocks will show day, date and month as well as the time.
Safety-first Radios, TVs and DVDs will be provided, and all equipment will be built in, with no trailing leads to trip over. For patients with advanced Dementia, who cannot follow a moving image, DVDs will provide a succession of still images to stimulate their minds. “Memory Walls”, with photos of Bedford from when the patients were young, will help their carers to engage them in conversation.