Busy Boards and Orientation Boards for Dementia

  27/03/2019 at 11:07 am

Every three seconds someone gets diagnosed with dementia, with close to 50 million people estimated to currently be living with dementia. These statistics show just how much of an issue dementia is world wide. Finding ways to help people with dementia is therefore a very high priority. One way people with dementia can be helped with their daily lives is with the use of an orientation whiteboard. These boards help to reassure people with dementia that they don’t have anything to worry about and that they are ok.

Reassurance Boards

This type of dementia board is a reassurance whiteboard. The purpose of a reassurance board is to write reassuring messages on the board to tell the person that everything is ok in their life. Messages such as ‘you are ok’, ‘you don’t owe anyone any money’ and ‘your meals are paid for’ are some common messages that are used. This sort of message helps the dementia patient to feel reassured and less worried about certain aspects of their lives.
Reassurance board

Orientation Boards

People with dementia can often become disorientated with their surrounds and living space. Orientation boards help to display useful information such as the time, date and weather. This helps people who struggle to keep track of these basic things as it is always on display. Orientation boards are great tools to orient your residents in loss of self-sufficiency. 
Orientation board
Using some sort of dementia board can help to reduce the patient's anxiety and make them feel more comfortable in their daily life. Not all dementia boards need to be complex and difficult to make. The simplest form could just be a whiteboard with reassuring words written on it that the patient will see everyday to know that they are ok and don’t have anything to worry about.