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New Vision nostalgia wall gives sight into the past for people with dementia

Kings Mill Nostalgia Wall

New Vision is helping to trigger memories for people with dementia at King’s Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire with the installation of a reminiscence mural.

The Bradford company, which branched out five years ago from general business signage into specialist healthcare solutions created the nostalgia wall for the Woodland Ward at King’s Mill, which it hopes will help to calm and stimulate patients.

The display runs the length of a main corridor – featuring old movie posters, music icons and local scenes from times gone by – and creating the 50s-patterned wall covering of a reminisce room as hospitals can’t use regular wallpaper due to hygiene regulations. This was combined with a fake fireplace and old fashioned furniture to reproduce a room setting that a person living with dementia will find comforting and reassuring.

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Adam Hayward, Woodland ward matron, said: “We knew that graphic design and interactive elements were vital to achieving our goals. We were convinced that New Vision understood the needs of our patients and could help us develop our concept. The work done by New Vision is superb. There’s no doubt that we have the best possible care environment for our patients, their families and our staff.”

Kings Mill Nostalgia Room

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The author Rob Corder

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