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Joan’s Room Launched 21.05.18

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 21st May 2018

Wexham Park Hospital’s new dementia friendly lounge has been named after our UK Lead Tommy Whitelaw’s mum Joan.

Dementia Carer Voices are delighted to announce that Joan’s Room was officially opened today (21 May) in Wexham Park Hospital.

The hospital’s new dementia friendly lounge has been named after our UK Lead Tommy Whitelaw’s mum Joan. Tommy told us that:

‘It was a brilliant day. Thanks to everyone who has had a part in it. We know how valuable this room will be as a quiet escape for people living with dementia.

I would like to thank everyone for their kindness today, and for their dedication and great work to create a reflective space for families and staff to have meaningful ‘What Matters to You?’ conversations and engage in values based reflective practice.

As a son I am so very honoured, as I know my mum would be, to have such a space named Joan’s Room. Thank you from a son.’

The dementia friendly lounge is designed to bring some reassurance, improve patient experience and support quality of life. It will provide a reflective place outside of the clinical environment, which we know from studies supports people, families and staff to have a better experience.

We would like to thank Alexandra Lukjaniec (Clinical Nurse Specialist for Dementia), Neil Curry, Matthew Scott, Robert Paige, Karen Sutton and all of the staff at Wexham Park Hospital and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather would also like to extend her thanks:

‘Naming a room where people are able to reflect outside of the clinical environment after Tommy’s mum Joan is a great way to remember the story of two people who fought the battle of dementia and won.

They won because – despite all the daily challenges that they faced, all the ups and downs and good days and sad days – nothing can separate Tommy and Joan from the love that weaves through their story and transcends life and death. The story of mother and son that uplifts, inspires and motivates others. I can’t think of a lovelier accolade for the amazing person – wife, mum, sister that Joan was – than this. And I know it means the world to Tommy to know his story touches and helps other sons, daughters, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers and friends.’

You can see pictures of the opening of Joan’s Room below.

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