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Sudbury care home buys revolutionary memory pod for its dementia sufferers

21 December, 2014 - 13:00
Care home buys memory pod. Library image.

Care home buys memory pod. Library image.

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A revolutionary piece of equipment to help dementia patients, featured on BBC's Dragon's Den programme, will be installed in a Sudbury care home next month.

The Red House Residential Home has bought a RemPod, costing £2,238, after a fundraising drive which included a £500 donation from the Brewery Tap pub after its annual beer festival.

Recreating historic scenes as a pop-up reminiscing room, the RemPod improves well-being for dementia sufferers and is already used in more than 150 locations in the UK.

Favourites include a 1950s living room, old style shops and a vintage pub.

Red House is believed to be one of the first care homes in Suffolk to have one.

Carol Vaughan, manager at the Red House, said: “People with dementia often have poor short-term memories, to the extent they may not even recognise a family member.

“However, people with dementia can often recall times, sights and sounds for a bygone era and the RemPods have been somewhat revolutionary in the treatment of dementia. They allow people with dementia to enjoy themselves, bringing back good memories and happy times, which is good for their well-being, hence overall health.

“We are delighted to finally be able to purchase such an important piece of equipment which will make life so much better for many of our residents. We are so very grateful to all those that supported us in this fundraising initiative.”

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