About us: A dementia-friendly environment on Beaconsfield East Ward

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Our Beaconsfield East Ward

The Trust secured £845,000 to create a dementia–friendly environment on Beaconsfield East as part of a £50 million allocation for England to create pioneering care environments designed for the needs of people with dementia.

The Beaconsfield East Ward redesign has recently been completed, with a greatly enhanced experience now available for the patients and their carers through the provision of both quiet and stimulating inside and outside the ward. Improvement works have included an upgrade to ward décor including lighting, flooring and signage the creation of a patient day-room including dining area, the creation of a Sensory Room and an outdoor Sensory Garden.

A welcoming entrance

The ward clerk’s desk and Ward Manager’s office have been relocated to the top of the ward so that patients and visitors can speak to someone as soon as they arrive.

Rehabilitation focus

The ward continues to specialise in rehabilitation. The Discharge lounge has now gone and has been replaced by a day room with a dining section and kitchen area. As well as providing a social space for patients and carers, it has also provided a base for rehabilitation activities. Within this space there is also a separate Sensory Room.

Artwork

The artwork has been commissioned especially for the ward, the art team have experience of creating environments that are supportive for patients with dementia. The art will be both therapeutic in that it will help way finding and create a calming ambience, and also enhance the overall patient experience as the ward will look non-clinical and attractive.

  • Each bay has a distinct colour
  • Each bed space has a distinctive, individual picture above the bed head
  • There are visual links with the garden
  • Toilet doors will be colour coded to aid recognition and their signs will include pictures as well as words

Lighting

The lighting is being updated to ensure the ward is always bright, which is known to be important when designing for dementia. There will also be the ability to dim lighting which can be helpful if someone is suffering from delirium.

Garden

A garden designer, again with experience in dementia settings, has created a safe (enclosed) garden. There is an upper terrace section and a lower area with paths and seating. Plants will stimulate the senses eg, lavender for fragrance. There will also be fruit trees. As well as giving patients and visitors somewhere beautiful and stimulating to walk around or sit together in, the garden will be used by the therapists to aid rehabilitation.