Residents with dementia step back in time
We’re always looking at innovative ways to support our customers living with dementia, which sadly affects over 850,000 people in the UK. That’s why we’re opening a ‘Reminiscence Room’ or area at each of our 19 sheltered schemes in Trafford with the first to be opened at Fiona Gardens, our Extra Care scheme in Sale.
Transporting residents back in time, the space replicates a 1950’s living room and is designed to provide a familiar space where people living with dementia can relax and connect with the past. The newly renovated space features items from the era, including a 'stereogram' to play records, a sewing machine, typewriter and furniture donated from local residents. Even the wallpaper was aged to look authentic and complete the experience.
The room is open to Fiona Gardens’ 71 residents and their families as well as the local community who are free to enjoy the facility, with plans to hold regular reminiscence sessions using stories, music and even smells from the era, such as popular ladies perfume.
82-year-old Joy Fawkes who lives at Fiona Gardens commented on the new addition to the facility: “The Reminiscence Room is beautifully decorated and a nice place to sit and think. It reminds me of my childhood home and has a sewing machine just like the one my mum used to take up the hems on my dresses. The radiogram brings back fond memories of the one which used to hold all my dad’s records.”
More Reminiscence Rooms are located at Millom Court in Timperley and Royle Higginson Court in Urmston.
We’ll also be introducing Memory Cafés across Trafford as a welcoming space for people with dementia and their family and carers, while partnering with specialist dementia organisations to provide information about their services.
Other ways TrustCare is supporting people with dementia include having 25 members of staff trained as Dementia Friends Champions through Alzheimer's Society to help spread awareness and promote inclusion for people living with dementia.