Worcestershire care home residents raise a glass to new dementia therapy

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L-R Resident June Ladbroke with Mary Tasker, service manager, and Danielle Print, support worker at the 'pop-up pub'
L-R Resident June Ladbroke with Mary Tasker, service manager, and Danielle Print, support worker at the ‘pop-up pub’

Residents at a care home in Worcestershire, are raising a glass to a new dementia therapy area that has recently been installed: a ‘pop-up pub’.

The Hawthorns Care Home in Evesham, Worcestershire has installed the ‘pub’, which recreates a traditional bar setting in which residents can immerse themselves, with the aim of providing dementia residents with a more familiar environment to talk about their memories.

The pub, which has been named The King Canute after the former owner of a manor house on the same street as the care home, includes a pull-up backdrop covered in authentic adverts, a solid wooden bar complete with working pumps, vintage tables and chairs and old-fashioned table top pub games.

Mary Tasker, manager of the Hawthorns Care Home, said: “The pop-up pub has been a real hit with our residents since it was installed.

“It allows residents to socialise and interact with others within a recognisable and safe environment. This interaction, as well as the bar games, encourages them to communicate and stimulates the mind. The pub has also had a positive impact on their physical wellbeing by encouraging fluid intake.

“People feel they are actually in the pub socialising with friends and are actively participating in the pub games, regardless of their physical ability. It has shown what a powerful effect reminiscence can have. We have seen a hugely positive impact so far, and would certainly consider installing further pods in the future, such as a shop.”

The Hawthorns Care Home is run by Shaw healthcare, and provides a specialist care service for up to 47 residents with dementia and acquired brain injuries.

 

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