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Sunday 17 February 2019
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New activities kitchen to provide sensory stimulation to dementia patients 

Cubley Court ADL kitchen
Carolyn Green officially opens the new ADL kitchen with Shirley Heldreich, Ward Manager, and Susan Stayner, Senior Occupational Therapist

Patients under the care of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's dementia ward, Cubley Court, based on the Kingsway Site in Derby, are set to benefit from a new ADL (activities for daily living) kitchen following feedback from the ward’s equality impact assessment.

The kitchen was officially opened on Tuesday 26 May 2015 by Carolyn Green, Executive Director of Nursing & Patient Experience, after months of hard work by the team at Cubley Court and the Trust's Estates Department.

It was identified at the equality impact assessment that the ward was in need of its own ADL kitchen which could be used by both male and female patients as a therapeutic and stimulating activity. Susan Stayner, Senior Occupational Therapist (OT), said: “Patients can now benefit from this fantatic new facility within a familiar and relaxed setting; this has been very well received by redidents on the wards and their carers. We are able to assess patients’ safety and practical skills in the kitchen and ensure they are safe to return home when ready for discharge. There is also something about baking and sitting in a kitchen which helps to bring back positive memories to people and we see a much different side to people in the kitchen compared to when they are on the ward. 

"The room is also connected to a lovely garden area which helps to provide an extra social space to encourage interaction with fellow patients and staff. The garden is also home to our greenhouse which is used by patients to grow fruits and vegetables from seeds and then used as ingredients during cooking sessions" she added.

"Activities related to cooking and baking involve all five senses and provide sensory stimulation for people with ‪‎Dementia‬" - The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)