The Dementia Support Team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, have introduced new ‘sensory boards’ for patients living with dementia and memory problems, onto their elderly care wards at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
The sensory boards are created using a wooden board and attaching different items from around the home securely to the back of the board.
The first four sensory boards have been created and donated to the Dementia Support team at the Trust, by a local Ossett organisation called The Recycle Yard, and its customers.
The sensory boards, which have been initially introduced on the Elderly Care wards at Pinderfields Hospital, are so far helping to provide patients with dementia with a sense of well-being, and comfort with familiar items whilst also helping to prevent boredom during their stay in hospital.
The sensory boards help to provide a focus for patients on problem solving and helping to recall familiar items such as locks and latches in the home.
The four sensory boards along with two sensory fiddle quilts were presented to Dementia Support Worker Clare Coleflax (pictured), on Wednesday 23 January at The Recycle Yard in Ossett.
Clare Coleflax, Dementia support worker, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “On behalf of our patients and staff, we would like to thank The Recycle Yard and its customers, for generously volunteering their time to create these fantastic boards and fiddle quilts for our dementia patients. They will certainly be a welcome sensory activity for our patients living with dementia and memory problems. We also plan to introduce these boards to our elderly care wards on our other hospital sites once we receive some more.”
The Recycle Yard and its customers worked together to create the new sensory boards especially for the elderly care wards at the Trust. The wooden boards were donated by Dean Austerfield Flooring Ltd from Ossett.
Wendy Farrar, Owner of the Recycle Yard in Ossett, said “As soon as I saw the appeal for help from Pinderfields, I knew that if I could source and donate the boards and hardware for free, lots of my very talented and generous customers would help. It’s all about helping each other in the local community in whichever way we can. The sensory boards and fiddle quilts will be an on-going project with The Recycle Yard supplying whatever materials we can for free to keep this going”.
If members of the public or local craft groups would also like to help in creating more sensory boards and other items such as sensory blankets, please email the Dementia Support team for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Clare Coleflax, Dementia support worker, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust with one of the sensory boards for dementia patients.