What they said…NHS Derbyshire Community Health Services

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Special Art Gets Dementia Patients Talking

SPECIAL objects eliciting some dementia patients to talk lucidly for up to an hour have been unveiled at a Bakewell Hospital.

Crafted from a springy material known as aeroply, the six ‘Fortuitous Novelties’ pieces were created by Darren Browett, a 3D Design MA graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University. Darren, (37), of Belton, Leicestershire, presented the objects to occupational therapists at Newholme Hospital’s Riverside Ward on Thursday 14 October. Now health bosses at Derbyshire Community Health Services hope they will play a major part in the future care of patients there. Lorraine Turner, an occupational therapist for Derbyshire Community Health Services who works on the ward, said: “We were approached by Manchester Metropolitan University about the possibility of presenting some objects to our dementia patients as part of a project they were doing.

“The effect was a revelation.”

“It was literally like turning on a lightbulb – patients not normally able to engage in meaningful conversations were just tuned in, totally absorbed by the objects.”

“Some were even able to talk lucidly for up to an hour.” Continue reading