How to make a ward day room a place where patient outcomes are transformed

A nurse explains how she is achieving her vision of combatting deconditioning risk and supporting early discharge  
Occupational therapist Anna Tilney takes tea with a patient, who is dressed in his day clothes

A nurse explains how she is achieving her vision of combatting deconditioning risk and supporting early discharge

Winter presents many challenges to our patients and our acute hospital. As a senior sister and ward manager of a 26-bed mixed acute older people's ward that specialises in dementia care, I need to ensure safe, holistic care for my patients at the point of discharge. There is also a need to discharge patients earlier in the day to release the bed and support patient flow. The Dayroom to Doorstep project was the direct result of balancing these two demands.

The aim of the project was to use the day room as a resource – a space to be used to reduce patients'


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