Yellow hello to help those with dementia
23 May 2018
As part of Dementia Action Week (21 – 27 May), Southend University Hospital wanted to highlight how the yellow name badge scheme for staff has been helping patients with dementia during their time at the Trust.
Why a yellow badge? It has been proven that a yellow background
with simple black font enables the brain to process the information
much more easily and even people with eye sight problems can read
Jennifer Pym, Ward Manager for the Day Assessment Unit (DAU)
explained: "When I joined from Basildon Hospital I brought my
yellow name badge with me. Even though I've got a 'Hello my name
is' badge, my patients could never see my name clearly. When I put
my old yellow one on, it was an instant 'Jennifer' from patients
and a smile."
Jennifer raised the issue of not having dementia friendly badges
at the Dementia Steering Group, highlighting what a positive
difference they made, and the badges have been a staple of elderly
care wards since February this year.
Jennifer said: "It's a small change but makes a huge difference
"Even though people with dementia are not just admitted to
elderly wards, this is a foot in the door to roll out in our Trust
to ensure frontline staff are more approachable during their time
in our hospital."
The badges are already in operation on the Day Assessment Unit
Anne and Windsor wards. There's also a change to signage around
All of which promotes a more friendly environment for some of
the hospital's most vulnerable patients.