North Tyneside CCG set a competition based around the use of ‘RITA’, which stands for Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities, an innovative, evidence-based, state-of-the-art digital therapy system that allows patients to use apps, games and other leisure activities as part of their person-centred activities programme.
The interactive touch-screen system allows residents to enjoy relaxation music, watch archive BBC news footage, view old photographs and listen to famous speeches, to help spark memories and start conversations in the home.
It can also be personalised with bespoke images and content in order to create a ‘life story’ collage, which is of particular help to patients with dementia.
Howdon Care Centre won the competition based on the way in which they used the system and the positive effects RITA has had for residents, especially in the Dementia Care unit, where there is evidence that it has helped to reduce falls, increase nutritional intake and reduce distressed reactions.
Well done to Care Assistant Caroline Travers who won the staff prize for her promotion and usage of the RITA system.
Date published: 23 December 2019
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