Project information

Dementia Friendly Wards

Hospitals can be disorientating and frightening for someone with dementia; 65% of our inpatients are over the age of 61, last year over 2,000 of those had dementia; we are currently fundraising to help make some of our elderly patient wards more dementia friendly. It is estimated that 10,000 people

6-12 months

Charity information

Bournemouth Hospital Charity

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  • Need


    Making hospital stays for patients with dementia less confusing. The adaptations we will make to the ward will reduce confusion, stress, slips, trips and falls ensuring that the patient can be discharged quicker


    Works will include:
    * themed wards with colours and names
    * small nurse station/pods in each bay
    * soft close bins
    * large faced clocks
    * wrapping the doors in different colours - assisting in orientation and deterring from entering non-patient areas
    * seating areas
    * differentiated WC seats and grab rails
    * mirrors with blinds
    * orientation boards

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce confusion and stress for patients with dementia.


    » Ward improvements.

    Reduction in confusion among patients, reduction in slips, trips and falls. Patients being discharged quicker.

  • Impact


    Dementia is a growing problem, with over 10,000 people living with the condition in Dorset and numbers increasing. This project will help ensure that patients with dementia and having to face a stay in hospital, which can be frightening in itself, are supported and looked after in the best possible way both medically and with regard to their dementia so there condition does not worsen at this time.


    As we have broken down the project into small areas, there are few risks with the funding of the project.


    All donors will receive regualr updates to advise on the progress of the project to include photos and case studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,240

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 painting Painting of walls in each bay to theme areas
      £6,000 6000 4 nurse station pods - to enable patient centred care
      £640 bins 8 soft close bins - to reduce risk of patients becoming fixated with noise
      £640 clocks & blinds 4 large clocks - beneficial to reduce stress, recognise themselves and get confused
      £1,000 door wraps wrapping of 10 doors - to enable orientation
      £960 orientation boards orientation boards - to reduce confusion
  • Background


    Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Bournemouth.
    65% of our inpatients are over the age of 61, last year over 2,000 of those had dementia


    In patients with dementia being treated in Ward 5 of the hospital. Ward 5 is a 28 bed ward specialising in the care of elderly patients. In the last 12 month period 715 patients were looked after in the ward with average length of stay at 14.5 days.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the main charity for the Royal Bournemouth Hospital we are able to secure charitable funds to support improvements and services for the Hospital and paitents whcih are not covered by NHS funds.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kelly Lockyer

    Dementia specialist nurse