Dementia memory boxes are boxes that contain an item or items that are meaningful in some way to a person or environment. This may be a treasured personal item, or an object that someone with dementia can associate with their past. Our memory boxes are clear Perspex boxes that allow the contents to be viewed from all angles.
Memory boxes work on the principles of reminiscence or ‘life story’ therapy. Because the oldest memories are the ones that people with dementia retain the best it can give them great comfort to see and talk about items that trigger those memories.
Not only do they promote reassurance and familiarity, they can help with the practical issue of wayfinding – helping them locate their own space.
Memory boxes are designed for dementia friendly environments. They can be mounted above or at the side of a patient’s bed or outside their door.
See memory boxes used at Winnersh by The Abbeyfield Society
“‘Life story’ or’ life history’ is the term usually given to describe a biographical approach, which involves reviewing and evaluating an individual’s past life events. It involves working with a person and/or their family to find out about their life, recording that information in some way and then using the information with the person in their care.”
McKeown, Dementia UK