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New dining experience for elderly patients

The nursing and safety support teams on the elderly care wards at Pinderfields Hospital, have implemented a new dining table initiative on Gates 41 and 43 to encourage socialisation, and interaction between patients on the wards.

The aim is to promote engagement and a sense of normality for elderly patients within the hospital environment, by enabling them to sit at a table for meal times, to play games and to enjoy craft activities with other patients and the Trust’s Safety Support Workers. This new initiative seeks to encourage socialisation, interaction and a relaxed dining experience for elderly patients on the wards.

The Trust’s Safety Support Workers spend time with the patients at different times of the day at the tables to interact and engage them through activities, such as card games, quizzes, and a range of arts and crafts. This new dining table initiative seeks to encourage patients, whilst unwell, to eat, by providing a relaxed dining environment.

The new initiative so far is proving very popular with both patients and their families when they visit.

Sister Claire Boothroyd, based on gate 41 at Pinderfields Hospital and who set up this new initiative said:

“Since introducing the tables on ward 41 and 43 we have noticed how the opportunity for patients to sit together at the tables and talk to one another has greatly improved their morale and helped to take their mind of their current health concerns. We have also had some fantastic feedback from the relatives of our patients, who have enjoyed playing games and joining in with activities during their visits to see their loved one.

“One recent example of this great interaction was an elderly gentleman on our ward who had a visit from his daughter and granddaughter – he was able to sit at the table with them both to make a birthday card using the craft materials our Safety Support Workers had set up on the tables.

“Our aim is for all elderly care wards across the Trust to be able to follow this model and provide this interaction for patients during their stay in hospital.”