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At SACH, a ward dedicated to the care of dementia patients

Additional facilities and a revised care model mean the ward is now equipped to provide care for people with a whole spectrum of dementia.

SINGAPORE: St Andrew's Community Hospital (SACH) aims to better meet the needs of patients suffering from dementia with its new Dementia Care Ward, which was publicly unveiled on Thursday (May 22).

Those with mild dementia could previously be managed at the hospital's general rehabilitation ward, but the facilities and care model were not adequate to provide for those with more serious forms of the illness.

The renovated ward, which started its operations in October last year, utilises a person-centred care model to provide care for the whole spectrum of dementia.

Among the facilities are a ward with an atmosphere meant to promote patients' physical and mental well-being with the installation of more handrails, spacious toilets with large signs, a communal dining space and a therapy garden.

Activities at the ward, including art therapy, doll therapy and music therapy, encourage greater interaction among patients.

As of April 30, 2014, the Dementia Care Ward has tended to 78 patients.

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