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Dementia Doll Donation Made by New Dementia Champion at A&E

Newsdate: 5 July 2016 Dementia Doll Donation

WWL’s Accident and Emergency Department was recently the beneficiary of a very kind donation by one of our nurses, on Monday 4 July.

Marion Toole, WWL A&E Sister, dipped into her own pockets to buy the department a new dementia doll. Dementia dolls are therapy dolls for people with dementia. They can be used as therapy for some patients who have mid-stage dementia, as they encourage nurturing instincts, which in turn can help to relax the patient when they are feeling anxious or distressed.

They are also a good way to keep restless patients focussed on something and can distract them from wanting to “wander”. It was believed that having one in our Accident and Emergency Department was vital, in order for us to better cater for the needs of dementia patients who attend A&E.

On top of making the donation of the doll, Marion also completed her Dementia Champion training in April. WWL Dementia Champions are trained volunteers who encourage others to make a positive difference to our patients living with dementia. To become a Dementia Champion, staff must complete a two-day learning course.

Marion was presented with her Dementia Champion certificate and badge by WWL Acting Matron (A&E), Judith Whelan, when she made the donation to the unit. 

Marion is clear why she wanted to become a Dementia Champion. She said, “I just wanted to have a better insight into dementia. We work in such a busy area and it’s important to have the knowledge so that those patients do not get forgotten.”

WWL Lead Nurse for Older Persons/Dementia, Jean Ramsdale, was thrilled by the donation and Marion’s drive to become a dementia Champion. She said, “First of all, I would like to thank Marion for her generosity in donating this dementia doll. I would also like to thank her for wanting to become a Dementia Champion and completing her training. Dementia champions are hugely important at our Trust in our efforts to prove dementia patients with the best care possible.”