Meet our new friend R.I.T.A. (Reminiscence Interactive Therapy & Activities Computer)

April 4, 2018

Two sets of digital software which provides memory therapy for patients who have dementia, or those who have suffered a head injury or stroke, has been introduced into Burnham Hospital thanks to a donation of £9,600 from the Burnham and Berrow Golf club that was made up to a total of £12,500 by the Friends of the Hospital.

The My Improvement Network equipment uses interactive touch screen tablets to access personal photos, patients’ favourite music, TV programmes and life stories.  A profile can be built about each patient, which can include their likes and dislikes, as well as information about their family and friends. The aim of using the equipment is to help stimulate conversations between patients, their families, and staff.  It can also be used to help staff provide more personalised care.

The software is currently in use at Bridgwater and Wellington Hospitals and has also been ordered by Weston Hospital.
Caroline Tredwin, Dementia and Liaison Champion at Burnham hospital,  said: “This system helps patients to recall memories, which is really helpful in their recovery and rehabilitation.  Sometimes when you see a patient with cognitive impairment it can be difficult to know what to say and to keep the conversation going.


Pictured from left to right: Ceri Joyce Marketing & Publicity – Representing The Friends of Burnham Hospital, Peter Amos - Burnham & Berrow Club Captain 2017, Bernard Spilsbury Chairman – Representing The Friends of Burnham Hospital, Jane Moreton -  Burnham & Berrow Ladies Captain 2017 and Caroline Tredwin - Dementia and Liaison Champion at Burnham Hospital




This software can be used as a tool so relatives can, for example, talk about family photos or find music that their family member likes. They can have music uploaded which the patient enjoys and can help with relaxation for that person.  What’s really helpful is that we can use the tablets on a one-to-one basis at patients’ bedsides, or we can gather several patients around a big TV monitor and play games or take part in one of the many quizzes contained within the programme.”

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