Events and activities that encourage reminiscing and mutual understanding are really important for dementia residents


Memory TreeResidents at Astbury Lodge, the CLS-run care home in Great Sutton, have been getting in touch with their roots lately, with the help of a very special memory tree. Carers at the home created a “family tree” mural on the wall in one of the home’s communal areas. The tree will display images of the Astbury Lodge residents for family, friends and visitors to see.


Kerry Hague, a carer at Astbury Lodge, was leading an arts and crafts session with some residents from the home’s dementia household, when she got the idea of doing a mural for the Christmas period. Kerry decided to stretch her artistic talents, as well as those of the residents, by creating a truly special “family tree”.


With a little bit of help from residents, Kerry painted the tree on the wall of the main communal area of the home, and allocated space for each resident to hang their favourite pictures of themselves, be it from their early childhood, their youth, or the present day. The tree will remain up throughout the Christmas period, allowing residents to feel extra-close to each other throughout the festive season.


Janice Johnson, Home Manager at Astbury Lodge, commented: “Events and activities that encourage reminiscing and mutual understanding are really important for our dementia household residents. Having a carer that is as enthusiastic, imaginative and dedicated as Kerry makes a huge difference; if the carers are passionate about something, the residents are too. The Astbury Lodge family tree looks wonderful.”


CLS homes are opening their doors to the public this Christmas as part of the CLS Make Christmas Magic campaign. The campaign aims to tackle loneliness over the Christmas period by inviting members of the local community to visit their nearest home and enjoy some of the events and activities taking place in the run-up to the New Year.  A list of events taking place in December can be found on the CLS website, and you can join in the conversation with #clsChristmasMagic.


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