Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today (25 October) that funds will be made available to create calming environments in treatment of dementia.
The Department of Health has stated that the funding could be used for specially designed rooms and spaces that might include:
- hi-tech sensory rooms using lighting, smells and sound to stimulate those with dementia
- large print photos of local scenes from years gone by to help people with dementia feel connected to their past
- specially adapted outside space to prevent patients from wandering, by helping them keep busy and active with activities such as gardening
- technology such as day/night clocks and controllable mood lighting to emulate day and night, which help people with dementia stay independent and well-cared for
- simple changes such as the use of calming colours, non-reflective surfaces, large-print signs and the creation of zones to help residents know where they are and find their way back to their room.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Being one of the best for dementia is a priority for this government, and doing what we can to help people with the condition feel more safe and secure in their environment is an important part of this.”