Could this football themed room help people with dementia remember their past?
PUBLISHED: 11:44 29 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:23 01 April 2019
Walking into Stradbroke Court Care Home, you could be forgiven for thinking you have wondered into the wrong building.
But the care home, in Lowestoft, creates a unique atmosphere by setting up tailor-made rooms for residents by decorating them with items and themes from their life.
There are also communal rooms, with themes ranging from a cinema to a train carriage to a post office.
Now, the home is tapping into residents’ love of sport to spark more memories, with a new room planned.
Manager Dawn Bunter said: “We create specific areas that are quite holistic and person-centred and we’re looking to expand to sports in the gentleman’s home.
“The resident’s rooms are very personalised to them. The communal areas have been developed to encourage social interaction.
“Everything at Stradbroke Court is about the individuals and this initiative reflects that.”
At the heart of every room is the resident’s personality. The home reflects this by inviting families in to help decorate.
Mrs Bunter added: “We encourage families to be heavily involved in the individual rooms, this encourages family interaction.”
The home also has a Wish Initiative offering the opportunity to roll back the years or try a new activity.
A ‘Wish Tree’ is on display in the home to show families and visitors wishes that have been granted, which have included tap dancing, spa days and riding a horse and cart.
Other residents drove a car for the first time in years, while another harped back to his younger days by taking the wheel on a fishing boat.
“The Wish Initiative is a wonderful project to be part of,” added Emily Wilson, activity lead at Stradbroke Court.
“I love every stage from the initial wish, to the organising, and then granting the wish.”
The care home has improved in recent years. In 2017 it was rated inadequate but the following year it had been turned around and was nominated for a Suffolk Care Award for Innovative Approaches to Dementia Care.
Mrs Bunter added: “We always get such a positive reaction.
“We use them for reminiscences and to create occupation reminiscence. We were the first care home in Suffolk to achieve a good rating from inadequate within six months and came highly commended at the finals.”
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