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DEMENTIA patients are to be taken back in time to help with their care.

A Rempod - short for reminiscence pod - has been ordered for St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

It is a recreation of part of a room from a house from a past decade.

The idea of the pods is to create a small area where patients with a dementia can be taken back into a world where they feel more comfortable, and where their memories are still relatively strong.

It is hoped the pods will help patients feel less anxious and help them relate more positively to the environment around them, making it easier for staff to give them good care.

The pods were the brainchild of businessman Richard Earnest, who took his idea onto the TV show Dragons’ Den and won financial backing from Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden.

The reminiscence pod has cost £1,600.

It has been funded by the Friends of Chichester Hospitals.

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