Aberdeen care facility keeps residents hydrated

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Residents at an award-winning Aberdeen care facility for the elderly have been keeping hydrated this summer, thanks to an innovative project.

Staff and residents at Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Park Care home have teamed up to create an innovative “Hydration Station” which has transformed a small area of the home into a self-service area for drinks and snacks.

Although other hydration points were already in use throughout the facility, the recent addition of a sensory-orientated station has proved to be particularly beneficial in enabling residents in the dementia unit to independently access drinks throughout the warmer summer months.

Residents and key care staff were instrumental in deciding what treats the area would stock, and assisted in getting everything ready whilst staff ensure that physical distancing is carefully adhered to when the area is in use.

Area Manager Val Buchan explained: “The obvious benefit is that residents can improve their fluid intake by having ready access to drinks and snacks as and when they need them.

“We also have a working shop till and residents use our special tokens to ‘pay’ for their items, so it is a truly interactive experience which emphasises the therapeutic benefits of reminiscence.  Even for those who choose not to eat or drink something, the sensory gains are very important and some of our residents reminisce about the smell or look of a particular sweet from years gone by or a favourite fruit, for example.”

She added: “One of the most popular items so far as been Pattinson’s Jelly Drops which are in the form of a new to the market, sugar-free sweet but are mainly made up of water and have been designed to boost water intake.”

Kristin Jackson-Brown, Regional Director for Rubislaw Park Care Home operator Care Concern Group added: “Innovation in person-centred care is a top priority across our settings and we are very proud of the effort staff and residents have put in to creating this interesting and stimulating addition to the facilities.”

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