With growing numbers of patients suffering from dementia, healthcare bodies are striving to find ways they can provide better care for patients. At the dementia ward in Bradford Royal infirmary, there was an ongoing project to promote person-centred care, improve interaction between patients and staff, and reduce episodes of agitation. The ward also sought to improve patient and staff morale.
Philips was ready to lend a helping hand. We were able to improve conditions for patients by installing Dynamic Lighting systems, which create a bright ambience in the day, helping to keep patients awake so that they sleep better at night. This is particularly helpful for dementia sufferers, who often sleep through the day and find it hard to rest at night. In addition to helping patients rest, the bright clear light of the Dynamic Lighting system, coupled with newly installed LuxSpace LED Compact downlights, helps staff to stay alert and focused.
In addition to these upgrades, HealWell systems were installed in patient rooms in the ward. The systems automatically dim and brighten throughout the day, mimicking natural light patterns which affect human sleep cycles. In addition, patients can adjust the hue of the light from their beds, giving them a reassuring feeling of control over their environment. The end result is less agitation, better rest, and an easier job for staff.
The benefits to the infrastructure of the estate is that it’s all on a time clock, so it runs itself and in the 11 to 12 months since the solution was installed we’ve not had to come out to look at any repairs or anything”, noted Shane Embleton, Project Manager Estates Design.