Meaningful activity service
In University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, a new service providing meaningful activities is changing the course of how they care for people with dementia as well as reducing costs, both human and financial, and reducing length of stay in hospital.
- The meaningful activities service implemented by Leicester Hospitals aims to support people with dementia during their hospital stay to improve wellbeing, promote dignity and reduce hospital stay.
- Meaningful activities facilitators are part of multi-disciplinary teams receiving referrals at ward rounds.
- Building a detailed patient profile, meaningful activities facilitators improve carer involvement and communication.
- Meaningful activities facilitators provide practical training for staff, volunteers and students in clinical practice as well as educating carers.
Members of the trust board, Leicester Hospitals Charity Committee and the Alzheimers Society have been overwhelmingly supportive of this initiative following initial outcomes. Furthermore, a recent Care Quality Commission visit in 2014, highlighted the meaningful activity service in their report as an area of good practice.
For more information contact Laura Wealthall, dementia sister, patient experience at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust on firstname.lastname@example.orgDownload