STAFF at Honiton and Ottery St Mary hospitals made a special effort to mark Dementia Awareness Week.
Staff created public information displays and organised a range of activities for patients, relatives and visitors throughout the week, which is led by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Honiton Hospital also held a musical afternoon featuring the Honiton Ukulele Group and The Amycrofters.
Ottery St Mary Hospital ran a poetry competition about dementia as well as art and gardening activities.
Honiton Hospital is well supported by a dementia-friendly League of Friends.
League chairman Heather Penwarden is working hard to turn Honiton into a dementia-friendly town.
The League has supported the ward by buying orientation clocks for every room and a range of games and activities especially for people with cognitive impairment.
All community hospitals run by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust are working towards becoming dementia-friendly.
Mickie Dicks, matron of Honiton and Ottery St Mary hospitals, said: “The Trust has been promoting staff training as Dementia Friends and Honiton and Ottery St Mary have both recently undertaken an audit supported by the King’s Fund which is looking at how we are doing in relation to the environment and dementia care and how we can further improve our services and environment to assist this group of people.”