A new suite at Pilgrim Hospital will help older adult patients undergoing treatment for mental health problems take ‘time-out’ to relax.
Staff working at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Rochford Unit have transformed a former therapy room into a Mindfulness Suite.
Occupational Therapist Priscilla Owusu, said the creation of the room had been a truly joint venture between the staff and patients.
“We hope the new suite will act as a sanctuary, where our patients feel safe and are able to relax, during times when they feel anxious or upset,” she said.
The suite includes patient-made, hand-knitted cushions and blankets, sensory equipment and books and relaxation CDs.
A full-length seaside mural features at one end of the room.
The new suite was officially opened recently by patient Olive Besant-Groom, along with divisional manager for older adult services Steve Roberts.
Staff and patients then enjoyed afternoon tea to celebrate the occasion.