Wardipedia – 17. Music

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Music. Can you kazoo?

Most people enjoy music. Patients can listen to their favourite music actively or passively, in most emotional states, in most areas of the ward including the garden, alone or sharing it

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Wardipedia – 21. Art

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Art for hearts’ sake Introduction Some patients (and staff) can be turned off or scared off by the ‘A’ word. So sometimes this is about explaining that artisticness can take many forms; it’s not just about painting. Language is important here, too. ‘Creative Expression’ may go down better than ‘Art Therapy’. The key message to […]

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Wardipedia – 20. The really great outdoors

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Wardipedia – 19. Gardening

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Green fingers, green socks Introduction Gardening offers a unique combination of physical, emotional, spiritual and sensory pleasures. Patients can spend a leisurely morning in the sun, pulling out a few weeds, or do a full day’s aerobic and horticultural workout in an allotment. And if there’s no sun or allotment, most wards now have access […]

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Wardipedia – 18. Landscape pictures

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Bright outlook Introduction “Landscape paintings reduce anxiety and need for medication.” This is a corker. It is so simple, cheap, therapeutic, calorie-free, evidence-based. What’s not to like? We’ve seen some beautiful landscape paintings and photos on wards around the country; perhaps one of the therapeutic benefits is from the conversations that realistic and relaxing pictures […]

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Wardipedia – 16. Spirituality

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Keeping the faith Introduction The varied and creative examples of how wards meet patients’ spiritual and religious needs (see below) illustrate that this is yet another area where inpatient staff try energetically to make patients’ admissions as meaningful and therapeutic as possible. These efforts are essential for reasons of: Therapeutic outcomes Regulatory compliance Safety Patient […]

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Wardipedia – 15. Sanctuaries

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Rooms that soothe not seclude Introduction Sensory rooms began as comforting and/or stimulating spaces for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities but, happily, are becoming increasingly popular for other patients needing a gentle, calming environment. And now that seclusion rooms are, fortunately, being phased out of most wards, sensory rooms are a much more […]

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Wardipedia – 14. Multi-sensory

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The sense of calm Introduction There’s no lack of sensory stimulation on wards! But often the continuous presence of noise in particular, along with all the other stressors of ward life, makes it important to provide actively therapeutic and calming sensory experiences for patients. Sensory activities are particularly valuable when patients are in a highly […]

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Wardipedia – 13. Bingo and jigsaws

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Gentle adventure Introduction Bingo is a much mocked activity – apart from those who enjoy it, for whom it is very rightly a cherished oasis of distraction, excitement and socialising.  It remains a staple of many hospital activity programmes, particularly for older patients, and we’d like to warmly endorse this. Studies of elderly people in […]

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Wardipedia – 12. Mindfulness and silence

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  Introduction Restful, simple, clean, clear, full of possibilities. Devoid of anything nasty or painful because it’s pure space. Pure space, mindfulness, silence, meditation, yoga have become very trendy. And being an  inpatient is a great opportunity to learn and practice these extraordinarily effective ways of not just quieting the mind at that moment, but […]

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