Clinicians have long been feeling that individuals living with dementia or other similar cognitive impairments, needed more opportunity to engage with meaningful activities and entertainment. Staff at the hospitals have seen many positive outcomes since the dementia software was introduced. This has resulted in good qualitative and positive feedback

RITA is aimed at offering support for older people, people with mental health issues and Learning difficulties and brain injuries patients as a means of supporting them and reducing their agitation, isolation, depression and delirium. It has seen significant evidenced benefits, including:

  • Evidenced to reduced Falls by up to 77%
  • Reduced Specialing (1:1) BY 71% E.G. 1 Trust (4 Wards) Saving Yr.1 £164K
  • Supports dementia care mapping
  • Significant reduction in anti-psychotic medication
  • Reduced Length of Stay
  • Dramatically increased patient & Staff experience
  • Significant improvements in dementia patients unable to sleep
  • Supports dignity, respect and wellbeing for those patients at the end of life
  • Clinically led, improving the quality of patient-centred care
  • Improved Friends & Family results
  • Improved interaction between carers and patient, and relatives and patient
  • Reduction in Delayed Transfers of Care
  • Reduction in hospital admissions

Lisa Marshall from Hywel Dda UHB explains what a difference RITA has made on her ward and has become an instrumental member of the team:

RITA presentation _ Lisa Marshall Hywel Dda UHB

Hospital Benefits

  • Reduction in Falls
  • Reduced Length of Stay
  • Reduced re-admissions
  • Helps with Nutrition and Hydration
  • Purposeful Occupation
  • Useful as a Decision Tool in de-escalating problems
  • Promotes valuable Patient/Carer interaction
  • Helps reduce social isolation
  • Reducing agitation/calms and stimulates
  • Helpful in Stroke/Rehab/Renal Units
  • Helps with staff morale/retention/turnover
  • Back Office system providing usage information.
  • Valuable for CQC Audits.
  • Supports Quality Improvement Programmes.
  • Monitors Health & Wellbeing
Hospital Benefits
Patient Benefits

Patient Benefits

  • Promotes person-centred care
  • Reconnects families with their loved ones
  • System capable of virtual visits offering calming when relatives leave the hospital
  • Relatives become involved and learn more about their relative
  • Provides triggers to elicit conversation
  • More interest around mealtimes helping with their nutrition and hydration
  • Less boredom
  • Opportunity to become involved in Group exercises and removing social isolation.
  • Helps with confidence and trust
  • Armchair exercises helping with overall health and wellbeing