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Worcester Acute Hospitals Charity

04 June 2024

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity were delighted to receive our donation of £8,864.

Our support has enabled the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch to invest in four ‘Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities’ devices, also known as RITA to help patients with dementia. 

RITA devices incorporate a user-friendly interactive screen and tablet for older patients receiving treatment that innovatively blends entertainment with dementia therapies.  

RITA will help support patients in recalling and sharing events from their past through music, film, games and access to news archives. In addition to providing access to exercise classes and physical therapies to help tackle possible physical and mental issues caused by long periods of hospitalisation, as well as significantly improving mood and wellbeing.

Donna Kruckow, Corporate Lead Nurse for Older People says: “The RITA system will enhance the experience of people with dementia in hospital. The ability to reduce anxiety and distress by recalling stories, accessing entertainment and physical therapies is so important to the wellbeing and ongoing care of our patients. We are very grateful to the Morrisons Foundation for their support.”

Antony Gratland-Hornby, Community Champion from the Morrisons store in Malvern presented the donation to the charity saying: “I’m very proud to help such a wonderful charity in our local community.  The RITA devices will make a real difference to the lives of older people affected by dementia and I’m delighted that the Morrisons Foundation has been able to help Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity’s vital work.”

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