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Redlynch Ward – setting the standard for dementia friendly environments

This refurbished ward has measurably reduced patients’ anxiety and confusion whilst encouraging social interaction.

Name of organisation:

ArtCare

 

Title of project/programme:

‘Redlynch Ward – setting the standard for dementia friendly environments’

 

Dates of project/programme:

Planning 2013; Delivery Redlynch Ward March 2014; delivery Pitton Ward August 2014

Summary:

ArtCare’s design for the recent refurbishment of Redlynch Ward at Salisbury District Hospital balanced imagination with a thorough understanding of the demands of the service to create a safe, welcoming, dementia friendly environment, that has measurably reduced patients’ anxiety and confusion, whilst encouraging social interaction.

ArtCare worked closely with ward staff, the architect and the hospital’s Estates, Infection Control and Housekeeping teams to realise the designs. Detailed consultation with patients, carers and staff identified their needs leading to an innovative move away from the existing ward model.

Improvements to the ward included accessible wet rooms; the creation of a social space; the use of high contrast colours between walls, furniture and handrails to improve orientation; plain, less clinical looking flooring; the use of accent colour, themed artworks and signage making it easier for patients to find their way around and creating points of focus; acoustic ceiling tiles to aid noise reduction; adjustable mood lighting allowing patients more control over their environment; a dedicated quiet room for relatives; and portable workstations meaning staff work nearer to patients providing them with a reassuring presence.

ArtCare’s integrated approach to the design enabled the colour schemes, flooring, lighting, furniture, storage, art and signage to work in harmony to support staff providing care, solving practical issues and contributing to all patients’ wellbeing, not only those with dementia.

The results from feedback taken after the refurbishment showed tangible outcomes including an 80% reduction in violence and aggression towards staff and a 40% increase in positive comments about overall standard of care.

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