New dementia-friendly wards are being created at Airedale Hospital.

The £700,000 scheme has included a refurbishment of Ward 4, which has been redecorated in a way that helps prevent disorientation among patients.

Stained glass windows have also been incorporated to help create a calming atmosphere. And there are new curtains, ceiling tiles and lights, as well as replacement flooring.

There is a ‘reflections’ room for patients and their families, a family room and a small cafe.

Other improvements as part of the project include a revamp of the award-winning dignity room, where a larger storage area – for essential items, such as slippers, warm clothing and toiletries – has been provided.

And the garden area is being redesigned, with support from Rotary.

Elaine Andrews, assistant director of patient safety at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted with the improvements to our wards, and although the whole design has been centred around the needs of patients with dementia, it will also create a more pleasant environment for all our patients and staff.

“We have made the reception area on Ward 4 smaller, which will make it easier for staff to be based nearer to the patients, and there will be a work station close by each bay.”