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9th September 2013

Dementia 'reminiscence pods' pop up in hospitals

‘Reminiscence pods’ designed to help people with dementia have been popping up in hospitals across Wales, according to the Western Mail (September 8).

Reminiscence pod at Llandough Hospital - Source: WalesOnline

The pods – like the one at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff, pictured above – come fitted out with furnishings and household devices from the 1950s, 60s or 70s. The 70s ‘rempod’ even comes complete with music from Abba, swirly wallpaper and lava lamps.

Llandough nurse ward manager Gail Evans said the units have been hugely popular with patients and were being used to make imposing clinical spaces seem less foreboding.

“They’ve been hugely popular with the patients there and have proved to be a brilliant distraction if someone is feeling upset, anxious or restless,” she said.

The pods are the brainchild of BBC Dragon’s Den winner Richard Ernest, from Gloucester, who became friends with a neighbour who’s wife had dementia.

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