Case Studies

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Young at Heart, Creative Time for Older Patients

Young at Heart is a programme of regular creative activities at Salisbury District Hospital, addressing the need to improve the hospital experience of elderly care patients, including patients with dementia.

Name of Organisation:

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust


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Young at Heart, Creative Time for Older Patients


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Six weekly sessions, facilitated by arts professionals, benefit some 30 patients each week. The activities relieve boredom and lift patients’ moods. Observations indicate that the activities also have a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing, sleep and nutrition, experience of pain or anxiety, potentially reduce length of stay, and have a positive effect on staff morale. The programme has been adopted by community hospitals in Shaftesbury and Sherborne.

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