14 July 2023

Supporting Patients with Dementia

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Funding from NHS Lothian Charity has supported a Meaningful Activities Centre within the Royal Infirmary for patients with delirium and dementia. Patients who are experiencing stress or exhibiting distressed behaviour can come and take part in various activities such as arts, crafts, games and activities.

The Centre has had a significant impact on patients, helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Individuals living with dementia and delirium can suffer from a decline in cognitive function which can lead to stress, anxiety and social withdrawal. Through engagement with arts, crafts, games and activities that promote social interaction, the MAC helps improve the patient’s quality of life.

Patients who are referred to participate in activities at the MAC tend to be more active, alert and engaged with the world around them. The MAC sessions help patients to develop new skills and promote creativity in an engaging environment. The activities help the patients to access the creative side of their brain, which can be a source of enjoyment and comfort. The MAC provides an opportunity for patients to express themselves, socialise with others and engage in something meaningful regardless of their cognitive ability.

Overall, access to the Meaningful Activities Centre has provided a range of benefits to patients, promoting overall wellbeing and improving quality of life.

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