Sweet idea to help dementia patients at CPFT

Ward shop is stocked with old-fashioned treats

Sweet idea to help dementia patients at CPFT
03 February 2015

Staff at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation have come with mouth-watering way to help dementia patients.

A sweet shop has been opened at the Maple 1 ward at the Cavell Centre in Peterborough.

The shop is stocked with old fashioned treats from yesteryear including chocolate mice, humbugs and liquorice allsorts.

It is hoped the sweets will evoke special memories for patients as part of their treatment for dementia during their stay on the ward.

Occupational therapist Emily Tufts (pictured), who has designed the Olde Maple Sweet Shoppe, said: “This is all part of something called reminiscence therapy.

“We use props like old fashioned sweets to help communicate with people on the ward. They help make patients curious and really help us make a connection with them.”

The shop also has on its shelves other tins and  packages with copies of original labels from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They include Carnation milk, Oxford Club sausages, and Rowntree’s chocolate milk squares.

Emily said: “With dementia patients, often their long-term memory is still very in tact. So while their short-term memory is not there, they will be able to remember going to a shop and spending a little bit of money on some sweets or maybe they will have memories of working in a shop.

“In some cases, patients cannot talk, but they can use their other senses – like taste and touch – and by handling the sweets or the other packages we have in the shop, we can make that connection with them.”

Roy Simcox, from Ramsey, whose 76-year-old wife, Pam, is being treated on Maple 1, was asked to officially open the shop.

He said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea and I am sure it will bring back a lot of memories for patients as well as carers.”

Maple 1 and Maple 2 are older people’s acute admission wards at the Cavell Centre. Patients are assessed and then treated during their stay on the wards.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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