An innovative new approach which uses pop-up rooms designed to be reminiscent of a bygone era is helping to reassure dementia patients.

RemPods - which are set up like rooms from past decades - are used to help calm those in hospitals and care homes by taking them back to more familiar times.

Designed in retro themes they are filled with authentic furniture and memorabilia which is hoped to get dementia sufferers talking about the memories they still retain.


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Richard Ernest (right) has now got the financial backing of two 'Dragons' including Deborah Meaden (left). The concept involves the creation of pop-up rooms reminiscent of a bygone era

The pioneering design includes a 1950s pop-up pod, pub, cinema, dance hall and vintage store, as well as many others with features from the 1960s.

They have now become a fixture in more than 40 NHS Trusts, care homes, day centres and care charities since the company was founded in 2009.

And in a further boost to the unique nostalgia product creator Richard Ernest, 35, has now got the backing of two judges from BBC2’s Dragons’ Den to roll the pods out worldwide.
 
    Mr Jones and Ms Meaden agreed to each give £50,000 to the project in exchange for a 22.5 per cent share.
    Richard described the process of going on the show as 'one of the scariest things I’ve ever done' and now intends to break into the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

    The father-of-two, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, first came up with the idea of the pod after forming a close friendship with an elderly neighbour and his wife - who suffered with dementia.
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    Here a 1950's cinema dementia pod is pictured. Mr Ernest, from Gloucestershire, came up with the idea of the pod after forming a close friendship with an elderly neighbour and his wife - who suffered with dementia

    Over a period of several months Richard drove Sydney Swash, 98, to and from a care home to see his terminally ill wife.

    When she sadly passed away, the pair became close friends, going to the cinema together and to the local pub. 

    Richard had also been going through a tough time after losing his job and splitting up with his girlfriend, so they became inseparable.

    The trips with Sydney, who is now in a care home himself, became the inspiration behind Richard’s innovative product, Reminiscence Pods, or RemPods for short.


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