Elderly care wards at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs facilities in Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract, have had four Pods installed.
The pop-up rooms are filled with authentic furniture and memorabilia from previous eras to get people living with dementia talking about the memories they still retain, and to make them feel calmer.
As well as two vintage tea room Pods, the Trust has a potting shed, a sweet shop and a bar.
Patient Bryn Haworth, 89, visited the vintage tea room with his daughter Sally. She said, “This is great. Dad recognises some of the music on the radio, he’s enjoying his coffee and the teapot looks familiar.
“Stirring these memories in this way gives us a better quality of time together as dad can remember things and we can talk about them. It’s a much less hospital-type environment as well, it’s more like being at home, which makes him feel calmer and more at ease.”
Four RemPods were bought thanks to an £8,000 investment by the Voluntary Services team at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, while charitable organisation League of Friends bought another of the rooms.
Anita Ruckledge, lead dementia nurse at the trust, said: “The memories evoked by being in a comfortable and familiar environment, and the calming effect it can have, are amazing. For someone who used to be a gardener, spending time in the potting shed can help them to remember the job they once had. They can carry out some of the tasks they previously did and it can help them to feel less agitated.”