Young meets old as Dundee care home opens play park

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A Dundee care home has taken the unusual step to ensure youngsters enjoy a visit to their grandparents – by creating a children’s play park in the garden.

The project is one of a number of new features to be created at Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home, in Broughty Ferry, thanks to the help of the local community.

The home has introduced a putting green and bus stop cafe, both designed to help people living with dementia to connect with previous memories, as well as an internet café to allow residents to Skype family members across the world.

The new garden features have been provided with help from the Dundee community, with one local individual constructing the putting green by hand, and Dundee City Council donating the bus stop.

Lynn McLean, Home Manager at Bupa’s Balcarres Care Home, is thrilled at the difference the new features have made.

She said: “The residents could not be happier with the new features in the garden.

“The play park in particular is a great addition. It is such a clever and simple idea that I’m sure other care homes will want to adopt the feature too.

“It means any grandchildren and great grandchildren who come to visit with their families can see their relatives, and before they get too restless, as any youngster does, they can go out to play while their parents continue their stay.

“The creation of the bus stop cafe and putting green is also so important to help people living with dementia. It allows them to re-connect with previous memories or recognisable social environments in a safe and familiar environment.

“We always aim to provide the highest level of care to all our residents, and particularly for those with dementia, it is important to ensure they are provided with cognitive stimulation which relieves any feelings of anxiety and confusion

“The residents have already been making good use of the new facilities. Plus the internet cafe is also really useful for our residents with families abroad as they can now get in touch over Skype.

“We are very thankful to all the kind and generous people who have lent a hand to date.

“We have plans to continue with this project and to provide the residents with even more beneficial facilities and features in the near future.”

 

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