Rose Lodge Care Home residents toast to new Dementia-Friendly coffee shop

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IMG_0807High tea and homemade cakes were the order of the day as Rose Lodge care home in Newton Aycliffe celebrated the opening of a new on-site dementia friendly coffee bar.

Mayor of Aycliffe Councillor Mrs Mary Dalton officially opened the new café, dubbed ‘The Coffee Corner’, with a ribbon cutting before joining residents and staff at the home for a chat over tea and cakes.

Diane Tweddle, Activities Coordinator at Rose Lodge who organised the tea party, said: “Residents and staff had a wonderful morning with the Mayor, enjoying tea and cakes while having a lovely chat. We’re very proud of our new Coffee Corner.”

After a successful opening of a tea room at the home last year proved popular with residents and families, the home decided to create a new dementia-friendly café for those living in their specialised dementia care unit and their visitors.

The aim of the Coffee Corner is to provide a place where family and friends can enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a chat with their loved one in a relaxed setting with the charm and atmosphere of a contemporary coffee shop where they can help themselves to the self-serve tea and coffee making facilities.

Rose Lodge Home Manager Nicola Wheatley Said: “We feel it’s important for families to feel at home here and our self-serve coffee shops are a lovely place for them to socialise with their loved ones where they can help themselves to a cup of tea, just as they would do if they were visiting a relative at home.”

“Our new coffee bar is a fantastic new addition to our home for our residents with dementia and is somewhere that they can enjoy visiting while being in a familiar environment where they feel comfortable and safe. We’ve had great feedback from residents and visitors.”

Rose Lodge care home is owned by UK care group Countrywide Care Group and provides residential and dementia care for up to 54 residents

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