Patients and families can now benefit from a newly refurbished ‘home-from-home’ room at County Hospital, Stafford thanks to hospital charity funding.
The room has a homely feel and provides a safe and relaxing space for patients living with dementia or learning disabilities outside of a clinical setting. It has been set up through the collective efforts of the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) Chaplaincy team and UHNM Charity.
The room was officially opened by Deputy Chief Nurse Scott Purser and David Trigg from Trigg engraving, who kindly donated a plaque for the room after experiencing the effects of dementia first-hand.
Revd Christine Wright, Head of Chaplaincy at UHNM, said: “The home-from-home room is a fantastic facility that has taken a year of careful planning and remodelling. We are really delighted with how this space has been brought to life, with the help of the dementia liaison nurses. Patients are able to unwind, do a range of activities, talk to staff, carers and family members and experience a sense of peace.”
The room, which is located within the Pastoral Care Centre, was designed with dementia patients in mind and will help patients with the transition of returning home after a hospital stay.
Scott Purser, Deputy Chief Nurse at UHNM, said: “I think the home-from-home room is a fabulous place for patients and staff to visit, as it is a safe place for them to spend time with family and friends or simply relax outside of a clinical environment. Thank you to UHNM Charity for supporting this initiative”
Dave Trigg, owner of Trigg engraving, added: “We are honoured to be able to provide this plaque for the home-from-home room. I experienced dementia first-hand after losing my mum and dad in the last 18 months and I’m sure we have all been affected by this cruel disease at some point in our lives. The room is a credit to County Hospital.
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