Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) Chair Jacqui Smith joined the charity team at King George and Queen’s Hospitals on Monday November 7 to showcase the benefits of Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activity (RITA) devices and new patient activity carts in their aged care wards.
The team purchased two of these carts, which contain items such as hand cream, reading glasses, activity books, distraction toys and other essential toiletries, to benefit our elderly patients. RITA is a touchscreen system preloaded with engaging entertainment such as movies, music, games, chair exercises and more that helps keep our patients active and entertained.
Jacqui visited the Mandarin A ward at Queen’s Hospital and saw the RITA screens and trolleys in action. She also spoke to patients and staff to find out how much of a difference they make for patients.
Deanna Angus, Associate Nurse in our Dementia and Delirium team, said, “RITA is a fantastic resource for our elderly patients, especially patients with dementia who can become agitated at times. Screens bring them comfort and pleasure if they start to feel lonely.
Not only are patients entertained during their hospital stay, but RITA also builds their confidence in using technology when they return home, further combating loneliness and isolation.
Deanna added: “Screens help staff interact with patients, helping to start conversations, which then builds patient confidence.
Jacqui said: “The RITA displays and activity carts are brilliant and include a great combination of entertainment, helping us deliver excellent patient care. It’s great that our charity is focused on helping to alleviate the loneliness and boredom of the elderly patients in our care.
During the visit, Jacqui cut a red ribbon, marking the official release of the first activity cart. With two trolleys now benefiting patients in our aged care wards, our charity plans to provide more.