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Project information

Every Memory Matters - Dementia Friendly Hospice

Each of the hospice bays is to be given a 'Dementia Friendly' makeover, by purchasing signage, bedding, lighting, and soft furnishings that reduce the anxiety that a patient with dementia may feel in unfamiliar surroundings. This will create the first dementia friendly hospice in Birmingham.

6 months

Charity information: John Taylor Hospice Charity

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  • Need


    Patients with dementia have varying levels of memory loss, and it is often the case that only their home surroundings provide the comfort and security that they have to prevent them for agitated episodes and feelings of fear. An individual with dementia or other cognitive illness can often lose their ability to recognize the environment around them. Any changes to a routine can make the individual feel ‘lost’ – having dementia can mean that you can have this experience many times each day.


    The project will provide essential “cues” to individuals with dementia, making it easy for them to know exactly where they within the hospice, feel more at home, and reduce the likelihood of experiencing episodes of fear or being overwhelmed from feeling ‘lost’. Each room will be individually decorated in a fresh colour scheme with new doors and signage in order to provide visual cues. Many items purchased will have contrasting colours to allow easy identification of essential items.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the level of anxiety dementia patients feel when they are not in familiar surroundings.


    » Make each patient feel more 'at home' by creating an relaxing environment that reduces feelings of anxiety and agitation.

    What success will look like

    Success will be fewer episodes of agitation and/or anxiety for the patients, as well as increased well being based on a calmer environment.

    Aim 2

    To support patients by ensuring that their palliative needs are met in the right setting.


    » Ask families and carers to bring small items from home into the hospice that elicit positive memories for patients, so that their space is theirs.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through patient and family feedback on how the patient stay was, and monitoring of patient behaviour and engagement during the stay at the hospice.

  • Impact


    By creating a dementia friendly hospice, the main change will be that patients with dementia, and those with multiple illnesses, can feel at ease in their surroundings. This will be demonstrated through evidencing reduced anxiety, increased well-being and delivering an environment that provides both patients and families better outcomes at a time that is often very challenging. 'Every Memory Matters' will change how dementia care is interconnected with end of life support, meeting patient need.


    The main risk is not securing enough income to completely redesign the hospice bays. By creating a dementia friendly hospice, it is imperative that the whole building support their needs. The way that this could be overcome is to redesign part of the hospice at first, and as more funds are generated, expand the work being carried out to encompass the whole hospice. Lack of patient and family involvement could also be a risk, but involving them in creating this project will increase its success.


    Donors will receive updates on how the redesign is taking shape, including online bulletins and digital media updates. They will be invited to tour the hospice, should they wish to do so, and will be kept up to date with the evolving project and the evaulation of its impact on patients and families.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £55,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Hospice Signage Signage throughout the hospice that supports dementia patients
      £20,000 Bed Bay Decoration Colour schemes, bedding, and furnishings that are colour-contrasting to allow easy identification
      £8,000 Bed Bay Lighting Specialist lighting for the bed bays that matched the rooms, aiding identification
      £10,000 Bed Bay Flooring New flooring that is colour marked to allow patients to navigate throughout the hospice
      £7,000 Specialist equipment Fall mats, bed supports and memory aids for patients with dementia.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    HSBC £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    John Taylor Hospice is based in Erdington, an areas of Birmingham that has some of the Super-Output areas for deprivation in the UK. The hospice looks after patients from across the city, with the majority coming to us from the local area. The hospice has been in existence for over 100 years, both as part of the NHS, and now as an independent charity. The project is based at the hospice, with community engagement to support patients that may wish to access it.


    All patients with life-limiting illnesses that come to the hospice will benefit from the work being undertaken. Whilst it is aimed at those individuals that have dementia, everyone will benefit from having colour co-ordinated rooms, signage that is clear and floor markings that will show you how to get to your individual space within the building. Also family members, carers, etc. will benefit, as they will see a relaxed environment for their loved ones.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    John Taylor Hospice has been integrated into the local community for over 100 years, and has provided end of life care and specialist services for four generations. The hospice has strong links with the local clinical commissioning groups, GP surgeries and community organisations, providing information and support when required, whilst delivering on several contracts that provide vital clinical and social care for patients across Birmingham.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lynne Kenny

    Lynne is the Advanced Nurse Manager at the hospice, and has vast experience of mental health within clinical settings. She will oversee its delivery.

    Gez Scandrett

    Gez will support the clinical team in getting all of the facets of the project completed, without any disruption to patients or their care.