King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Date started: 
Organisation:  acute
Service:  adult acute, dementia care
Project:  social spaces
The dayroom before the project
The decorated ward entrance
The multi-sensory room for people with dementia


Marjory Warren Ward, King’s College Hospital, London

Aims and outcomes

The initial aim of the project was to convert the ward dayroom into a multi-sensory room for people with dementia and their carers; however the project expanded to include further adaptations to the general ward areas to better support patients in this specialist elderly care ward.

Wood effect flooring, clear sight lines and commissioned artworks of local landmarks now welcome people to the ward. Each bay and single room has an individual artwork depicting a flower in the colour then used for accent walls in each space. Beds and bays area are also numbered to aid way-finding.  Handrails and small seating areas in the lift lobby and by the nurses' station encourage mobility and provide places for rest. Signage has been improved with yellow signs denoting bathrooms and toilets.

The dayroom has been transformed into a multisensory room where patients can set the mood by choosing from a spectrum of coloured lights, smells, images and activities.

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