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Project to help dementia sufferers nominated for two awards

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An innovative project to help dementia sufferers in the borough has been shortlisted for two national awards.

Dudley Council’s Project Rita (Reminiscent Interactive Therapy Assistant) has been nominated for Best Service Delivery Model and Digital Impact at the LGC Awards.

The £75,000 scheme gives dementia sufferers access to a tablet and the Rita system, which uses sound and vision to stimulate people’s thoughts and ideas.

The tablets and system are being used in residential and nursing homes across the borough and at the borough’s two dementia gateways – Queens Cross in Dudley and Brett Young in Halesowen.

Matt Bowsher, director of adult social care, said:

I am delighted this ground-breaking project has received national recognition.
Through the tablets people are able to listen and watch all of their old favourites to evoke happy memories, which has a huge impact on the wellbeing and behaviour of people suffering with dementia.
Early evaluations suggest it has helped with reductions in falls and hospital admissions along with a number of other positive impacts.
I’d like to thank everyone in the team who has worked so hard to make it a reality. It’s an honour to be nominated and hopefully we can win one or both of the awards.

The awards take place on March 18 next year at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.

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