What We Did
A new Dementia Resource Hub at Edward Street Hospital, West Bromwich, known as the Lighthouse, has revolutionised the environment in which services are provided for people in the Black Country who are living with dementia, along with their families and carers by offering a range of resources, tailored to the needs of local communities.
The ground floor of the hospital has been transformed into a hub for spiritual and cultural celebrations and sensory zones providing stimulation and cultural heritage areas to preserve people’s sense of identity and also has areas showcasing dementia-friendly products to help people live at home for longer. Communal areas include a digital information centre and a community café.
The vision and design is based on research carried out by the Iris Murdoch Centre at Stirling University, and has been further developed with staff, patients, carers, commissioners and voluntary organisations including the Edward Street League of Friends. Ensuring the facility meets current and future needs, as the high number of people in the Black Country with dementia continues to grow, the centre has been successful in promoting greater independence and choice for people with dementia, revolutionising the environment in which services are provided.
As well as providing a community resource, the new environment ensures the shortest possible stay for each individual and the best possible outcome. It promotes greater independence and choice for people with dementia, increasing their self-esteem and encouraging people to maintain good social and personal relationships. The Hub is a homely, dementia-friendly environment where people feel safe and calm.
The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust were delighted to be one of the 42 NHS Trusts across the country to secure the funding from the ‘Improving the environment of care for people with dementia‟ capital fund and was awarded £944,000.