Thursday 08 August 2019
The Carey Ward at Princess Elizabeth Hospital have organised a fund raising bed push for Saturday 10th August.
Staff from the ward are raising money to purchase equipment which supports patients with dementia who are admitted for treatment.
Dementia is a term that describes a set of symptoms including memory loss, difficulties with problem solving, language, thinking, and concentration, as well as periods of mental confusion, and changes in personality and mood. People with dementia may become apathetic and lose interest in activities that they used to enjoy, or they may have difficulty controlling their emotions. Some dementia sufferers can become withdrawn from social interaction, and could also suffer from depression.
During the early or mildest stage of dementia there are a number of things which can be done to help the person to maintain as much of their independence as possible, and help to keep their brain active, possibly slowing the onset of other symptoms for a little longer.
Debi Harris, Carey Ward Senior Sister said;
"In addition to jigsaws, colouring books & reading books, which help stimulate brain activity, the Carey Ward team are hoping to raise enough money to purchase iPads and other smart devices on which we can install apps designed to benefit people with dementia."
The bed push starts from Albert Pier between 10:00 and 10:30. The route will be overseen by the police and will proceed along the harbour front, up Lower Pollet, through the High Street and back to Albert Pier. Staff in 1960's themed fancy dress will be rattling collection buckets and encouraging everyone along the route to give generously.