Dementia Action Week takes place this year between 16th and 22nd May 2022.
Staff and patients at Oak and Rowan Wards at County Community Hospital have celebrated the week with lots of meaningful activities, which will greatly benefit patients’ recovery.
Ward Manager at Oak Ward, Donna Wigmore (pictured right), explained:
“One of our main focuses here is providing person-centred care to each patient, so it’s really important to us that we get to know our patients and what’s important to them and their families, to ensure they have the best experience possible.”
As part of the celebrations for Dementia Action Week, the Wards welcomed patients’ families in to join an afternoon tea party with their relatives.
The families enjoyed tea, coffee and cake, and had an opportunity to meet and engage with one another. The afternoon was full of fun and laughter, as well as singing and dancing- it was smiles all round!
Patient, Keith, and his wife, Caroline, (pictured) had nothing but praise for the staff on Rowan Ward.
Caroline said: “Keith’s stayed on Rowan Ward before, and he made such great friends and formed such a good relationship with the staff that I had no worries at all about him coming back here. In fact, Keith was extremely reluctant to be going into hospital again, but once he found out he’d be going back to Rowan Ward, he couldn’t wait to come!”
Keith is originally from Tredegar and was fortunate enough to meet Aneurin Bevan in 1947- the time when he was fighting to establish our beloved NHS- so is extremely grateful for the care he is receiving. He said: “The care here is just amazing. Returning to County Hospital was like coming home.”
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