What are care kits and how do they help?
Care kits are filled with items a care provider may give a patient to assist with cognitive stimulation or engagement. In some cases, patients may have a loss of memory, vision changes, an inability to control language or impulses, or they may just be bored. The kits include activities that can help improve a patient’s day to day interactions with their caregivers and their overall care experience.
Care kits include items like:
Care kits also include an “All About Me” questionnaire. It’s a communication tool staff members may use with patients diagnosed with cognitive issues, such as those who are at risk for developing delirium (a state of confusion related to post-surgery pain or infection common in a hospital setting), or dementia. Once completed, with assistance from a family member, it can help care providers may learn more about a patient’s likes, dislikes and interests if they are unable to clearly communicate these preferences themselves.
Kits are located in the emergency department as well as on all three in-patient care floors and in the intensive care unit. They are refilled and refreshed by Volunteer Services each week.
The care kit program was made possible by a $10,000 grant from Covenant Health’s Marguerite d’Youville Fund. Additionally, this grant funded a Positive Approach to Care (PAC) training, which helps caregivers better understand, communicate with and care for people living with dementia.