Blue plates and cups to help dementia patients
15 August 2017
What colour plates do you use? Colour choice is down to personal preference, but Medirest, Southend Hospital’s catering supplier, has introduced blue plates and cups across the frailty wards of the hospital, Princess Anne and Windsor wards.
Some people living with dementia experience difficulties with
sight and perception, and as a result, fail to distinguish between
their food and crockery.
Research shows that the use of a bright, contrasting colour
plate helps people see their food more easily and may improve their
Claire Buckell, Clinical Development Nurse for Medicine, said:
"Many patients found the existing cups heavy to hold and spilt some
of their drink or needed assistance from nursing staff to hold it
because the handle was narrow, so they put all the weight onto one
"With their double wide handles the new mugs promote
independence whilst looking smart and so the patients love them. We
purposely chose the mugs in blue so they were suitable for all
patients including those with dementia."
Ramune Jackauskien, Medirest's Patients Dining Manager working
at the Trust explained: "Many patients in hospitals may have
dementia so the introduction of blue coloured plates is essential
in helping these patients to eat during mealtimes. Eating and
drinking can become an issue for people with dementia, and this can
lead to severe weight loss and dehydration."
Maxine Cartz, Dietitian at Medirest, said: "People with dementia
often find it difficult to meet their nutritional needs. Our blue
plate range will provide further support to these patients by
helping them to distinguish between the coloured plate and
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Kitchener, EFM Contracts Manager, Ramune Jackauskien, Patients
Dining Manager and Claire Buckell, Clinical Development Nurse for