Residents at Field Lodge care home in St Ives have been taking a walk down memory lane following the unveiling of a nostalgic ‘reminiscence street’ at the care home which features a fully-functioning and well stocked tuck shop, as well as traditionally-styled greengrocer and post office shop fronts.
Part of an ongoing project at Field Lodge to provide a dementia-friendly environment, the transformation of the ground floor of the care home has been led by home manager Matthew Cox, who gave up his office to create a fun, visually appealing and stimulating point of interest for residents.
According to Matthew, the installation of the reminiscence street has brought immediate benefits for residents, with the addition of the tuck shop proving to be a big hit.
He said: “With its traditional look and feel, the tuck shop is a wonderful place for residents to spend time and reminisce about days gone-by and it’s fast becoming a hub of activity here at Field Lodge. From a practical point of view, the tuck shop also supports and encourages independence, and residents really enjoy popping along and purchasing a drink or a bag of their favourite childhood sweets.
“The shop is run by resident Jean Chandler, who thoroughly enjoys every aspect of managing it – from organising and pricing stock to serving her customers. Over the past few weeks, Jean and the other residents have also been busy making Christmas cards to sell in the shop, and in this way this exciting new facility continues to go from strength-to-strength.
“The greengrocer and post office shop fronts also provide a fantastic talking point and, together with the tuck shop, they help to provide a multi-sensory experience for residents which fits with Care UK’s emphasis on activity based care, as well as our continued drive to ensure Field Lodge is a stimulating and fun place to live.”