Sunrise of Purley and Bucks New University collaborate to improve dementia care
Staff from Buckinghamshire New University visited Sunrise of Purley recently to learn about aspects of dementia care.
The Skills and Simulation Team at the university is seeking to enhance its nursing teaching programme and has drawn inspiration from the dementia-friendly environment at Sunrise of Purley, to continue its practice-based learning opportunities for its students.
The university’s staff observed the way in which Sunrise team members interact with residents who live with dementia, the way the care community is decorated, and also learnt about the memory boxes that are created and displayed outside residents’ rooms.
The collaboration is set to continue, with team members from Sunrise of Purley having been invited to visit Buckinghamshire New University in the near future. It is hoped the continued dialogue and sharing of ideas between the two organisations will ensure the highest standards of dementia care, both in virtual training settings and real-life care communities.
Sunrise of Purley’s reminiscence co-ordinator Tammy Symonds said it had been fascinating to learn about virtual simulations being pioneered at Buckinghamshire New University.
“We look forward to continuing our valuable collaboration over the coming months,” said Ms Symonds.
Kelly Milligan, simulation and skills area technician at Buckinghamshire New University, said she had been impressed by the detail that went into preparing the environment at Sunrise of Purley for those with dementia.
“It was a really eye-opening experience and we would like to thank Tammy and her team for showcasing all the fantastic work that the home does for residents,” said Ms Milligan.
“We can’t wait to incorporate what we learned at Sunrise of Purley into our dementia simulation for nursing students.”