Old pics in new books for dementia patients

Monday February 4, 2019

Patients with a dementia can now enjoy new photograph albums created by staff who wished to provide something to help patients reminisce while in hospital.

Hospital librarian Sally Reynolds, assisted by dementia nurse specialist Steve Smith, spent a month producing 20 albums of old wedding photographs, portraits and school pictures.

The laminated black and white photo books are now being enjoyed by patients  at St Richard’s and Worthing.

Sally said: “I’m really pleased that this book will have so much meaning to somebody because I am told that they really enjoy looking at the photographs and it’s great to get that kind of feedback on the work that the library has done.”

Steve echoed Sally’s comments, saying that the introduction of these books can help patients to reminisce and reflect on their lives alongside staff or visitors.

Steve said: “It’s another aspect of looking after people in hospital and giving them something meaningful. The response to this has been incredibly warm and positive and this is just the beginning.

“We are looking at doing specific folders: for example, a lot of our male patients have served for their country so we are looking at doing an army folder and maybe a gardening book.

“So far, these books have been incredibly successful so we are definitely looking to expand.”

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