A new suite of rooms is to be opened at the Trust to enable families or carers of patients who need family support to stay with them.
The new family support rooms on ward 43 at Pinderfields Hospital will be officially opened by Julia Jones, one of the co-founders of John’s Campaign on Monday 3 August. John’s Campaign is an organisation that champions the rights of people living with dementia to be supported by their carers in hospital.
Typical examples where the new rooms will be used include for families of patients at the end of their lives or for patients who are living with dementia and who may require additional support from their regular carer.
The six rooms will provide a home from home environment that does not feel like a hospital ward. Each will feature a wardrobe with fold away beds, wall mounted television and music player, a recliner chair and shelving where personal photographs and memorabilia can be displayed. They will have an individual colour scheme and theme designed to create a restful and therapeutic environment.
Comfort packs containing items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste will also be provided for carers who may need to stay for an extended period of time.
Anita Ruckledge, the Trust’s Dementia Lead Nurse, said: “These rooms have been designed with comfort, dignity and respect at the fore front.
“We strongly believe that they will help us deliver care in the setting that these very vulnerable patients deserve. We can also support their families and carers through what are difficult and challenging times.
“This will be especially valuable at the end of life as we can discuss preferred options for care with families and carers in an appropriate, dignified setting.”