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Yes, television can play a positive role in care homes

Care home televisions blaring all day long can be distressing, but research suggests TV is comforting and stimulating too

When she was a senior nurse working with older people, June Andrews (inadvertently) caused a patient to cry.

‘It was a geriatric hospital, and I arrived one evening to find an old woman in tears,’ explains the independent dementia consultant and author.

‘When I asked what was wrong, it turned out she was desperate to watch Coronation Street, but she told me that they weren’t allowed to have the television on “because that June Andrews is coming, and she doesn’t like it”.

‘I realised then that you have to be careful about how you communicate your messages.’

Until recently head of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling, Professor Andrews admits that she had spoken to staff about the inappropriate use of television with residents.

‘I had walked into the day room and noticed that the television was on, and

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