Supporting East Yorkshire patients this Dementia Awareness Week 2017
This week, people across the UK are uniting as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2017.
Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, but together, we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding, and urgently find a cure.
For Bluestorm client WISHH (Working Independently to Support Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals), supporting those with dementia is a real focus of their efforts.
WISHH is an independent charity raising money locally to help make your hospitals a better place, enhancing facilities, equipment and services at the Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital over and above what can be achieved by the NHS alone.
WISHH’s Dementia Appeal is the charity’s first fundraising project and aims to improve facilities for people in hospital suffering with this cruel condition.
Some improvements have already been made to wards 8 and 80 (which look after dementia patients) at the Hull Royal Infirmary but more can be done. To mark Dementia Awareness Week 2017, we are encouraging people to make a donation to WISHH.
All the money donated to the Dementia Appeal will be used to support a range of improvements within ward environments, including the creation of cinema style reminiscence areas, local artwork to stimulate memory and provide familiarity, and other environmental improvements such as décor and the provision of mood-lighting.
Gill Poole, one of the Trustees for WISHH, says that, although going into hospital can be a very frightening and disorienting time for people with dementia, plenty can be done to make their stay easier to manage.
She explains: “Making the environment as calm as possible and improving patients’ surroundings can make a big difference to their confirm of recovery. That is why the WISHH Charity has adopted this project as its first appeal.
“We hope that through further fundraising we can continue to create a dementia friendly environment in other wards in our hospitals.”
WISHH is also keen to develop relationships with local companies. If you’re interested in learning more, check out their corporate partnerships page (LINK).