A number of care homes have come up with an innovative way of enriching the lives of service users with dementia – by setting up their own special pubs.
For people with dementia, a familiar setting that connects them with their pasts can provide great comfort, which in turns assists in managing their present condition.
In Nottingham, the city council-run care home, The Oaks, has converted a day room into “The Royal Oak”, complete with authentic pub décor.
Manager Armadeep Bhattal told the Nottingham Post newspaper: “Age and disability should not be a barrier to doing things like going to the pub with family members, many of them would have gone to the pub with friends and family when they were younger.
“It will give family members the chance to sit down with their loved ones and have a drink in a very social environment.”
The same idea has occurred further north.
Field View, a care home in the County Durham village of Blackhall Colliery, has created “The Field View Arms” – and launched it with a St Andrew’s Day-themed event.
Manager Michelle Howarth told the Hartlepool Mail: “Our coffee shop is very popular with residents and families so we thought that the addition of a bar would be perfect for creating another cosy and welcoming space for them to socialise.
“Many of our residents enjoyed socialising in local pubs so this allows them to enjoy a night out at the bar in the comfort of their own home.”
Imaginative ideas for improving the quality of life of care home users like this are always in demand, and many will be on display next June 28, on Care Home Open Day 2019.
Homes across the country will open their doors to the public to show what they are doing and how their facilities can be of use to their communities.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England – one of the bodies organising the event – said: “We have learned so much from the previous seven years of Care Home Open Day and 2019 is well on its way to being a fantastic celebration marking the importance of the arts in care.”
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