New Worcester Mayor celebrates launch of care home pub

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Mayor of Worcester, Paul Denham (centre) with residents at Red Hill care home
Mayor of Worcester, Paul Denham (centre) with residents at Red Hill care home

The newly-appointed Mayor of Worcester, Paul Denham, has joined local residents to celebrate the launch of a traditionally styled British pub at a care home in Red Hill.

Staff at Red Hill care home invited Mr Denham, as well as friends and family of the home’s residents, to the launch of the ‘Redhill Rooster’, a traditional British pub that will provide residents with a more familiar environment to talk about their memories.

The launch party included a cocktail afternoon, as well as entertainment from local singer Matt Peplow. Residents and staff were encouraged to submit a name for the pub, with the winning entry coming from Sam Worthington, the son of one of the home’s care workers.

The pub was created by maintenance staff as a permanent fixture within the care home, using materials that were donated by locals, including a beer pump from a former resident, as well as several bar stools from the Cap and Gown pub near the city centre. As well as traditional pub furniture, the area includes a dart board and snooker table to allow residents to play against each other.

Staff at the home will get the chance to open the pub to the general public once more later this month as part of National Care Home Open Day, held on Friday 17 June. As well as a tour of the home, members of the public will be encouraged to join in a ‘vintage tea party’ with residents.

Dulcie Turner, manager of Red Hill care home, said: “We couldn’t believe the amount of help we had from local businesses and residents, who were so kind in donating various items to contribute towards the creation of the pub.

“Our residents, many of whom live with dementia, have already warmed to the familiar traditional pub setting, which reminds them of their youth and gives them a chance to become more conversational and open up to staff and others in the home.

“It was great to see so many people together for the launch, including the Mayor who was more than happy to join in with the festivities. This pub is an exciting new step for Red Hill, and we aim to continue finding new ways to engage with, and provide the very best environment for our residents.”

Red Hill care home is run by Shaw healthcare and provides specialist dementia nursing care and continuing care for the physically disabled. Shaw healthcare provides care for individuals in nursing and residential homes, hospitals, supported living environments and domiciliary care schemes. Its services range from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.

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