Comfort for patients with dementia Royal Surrey County Hospital was named the best place to receive dementia care in the county, according to a patient-led survey (PLACE). But there’s more we can do. Digital reminiscence therapy system There are approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and it is estimated that 60 per cent of all patients admitted to an acute hospital have dementia, delirium or confusion. With a growing older population, this figure is only going to increase. We are committed to making the hospital experience as enjoyable as possible for dementia patients, their families and carers. As part of our dementia-friendly initiative, we want patients to benefit from digital reminiscence therapy. Why we need it Hospital can be an unfamiliar place for most patients who are admitted, but for patients with dementia, this unfamiliarity can be even more distressing. Encouraging patients to recall and share memories can help medical staff better connect with those with dementia, which enables more personalised care. It can also ease anxiety and boost self esteem, resulting in the patient feeling more fulfilled. What we’re fundraising for We want to raise £20,000 to buy a digital reminiscence therapy system (DRT system). This will help patients with dementia enjoy a more comfortable stay in hospital by providing access to archives of historic photos, music and games. It also allows patients to take their own photos. Alongside the DRT system, we want to continue to support the hospital’s monthly dementia friendly café, which is for both those with dementia and those who care for someone with dementia. How you can help With your support, we can continue to deliver exceptional care for those with dementia, helping to improve both their physical and mental wellbeing. Get in touch To find out more about this project or how you can help, please send us an email or call us on 01483 464146. We'd love to hear from you.