RITA System at Crewkerne Community Hospital
A RITA (Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities) system is a 22inch screen and iPad. The package includes music, karaoke, stories, radio shows, reminiscence, relaxation, video & TV clips (e.g. Old classic clips), sports interviews from famous people, movies (50 from Judy Garland to The Greatest Showman), a variety of interactive games including whack-a-mole, jigsaws, books & quizzes.
There are activities like design a garden or aquarium, create a painting, make a greetings card, fill in a life story book or make a photo album. Photos can be scanned into the system and there is also an app for patients who have little or no communication, it’s called ‘Show me where it hurts’ which is very useful for the medical team.
We’ve been working with the Activities Coordinator at Crewkerne Community Hospital who will be using it with dementia patients, one-to-ones, group work and bedside activities, putting the system to excellent use.