Age simulation suit helps elderly care

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UHNM Charity have helped to improve elderly people’s experience of A&E through the funding of a new age simulation suit and goggles.   

The charity-funded equipment replicates muscle wastage and visual impairment, and will be used as a teaching tool for staff in both the Emergency Department and Elderly Care.

Alison Hopwood, Senior Sister at the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s Emergency Department said, “Half of all major trauma is accountable to the over 65’s, with 250,000 falls treated nationally every year, costing the NHS £2.5 billion annually. We want our staff to be equipped with the specialist skills to look after these patients, and alongside our courses and dementia drop-in sessions, this equipment will help enable that.”

The suit uses specially-designed weights strapped across the body to simulate muscle wastage in elderly patients, with the special goggles simulating a range of eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma.

It will be used by staff across a number of disciplines including nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics and occupational therapy, and was demonstrated to the University Hospitals of North Midland’s Executive Team in June.  

Alison added, “It might be a bit of fun, but will hopefully act as a memory jog for staff, enabling them to stop and think about the needs of our elderly patients.”           

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(Main picture: Senior Sister Alison Hopwood (left) and Consultant Dr Alice Holt demonstrate age simulation suit and googles to Mark Oldham, UHNM Chief Financial Officer)