The Sunshine Cart is filled with meaningful activities and tools to help reduce the risk of confusion and to decrease distress in hospitalized persons living with dementia. The items are single-use only for infection control, so each item is a gift to the patient.
In this brief video, Peggy Budai, a nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist at UCHealth, provides information about the cart. During these difficult times for health care workers, this project has, as one nurse put it, brought a little bit of joy, such as when she gave a patient a stuffed animal from the cart. The patient hugged the toy, and her eyes welled with tears. Another patient, when looking through the reminiscing book provided from the cart, started talking about his brother and a trip that they had taken to the mountains. Before this, the patient had been mostly nonverbal.
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