Sam, whose sister Nicola is a senior carer at Dene Holm, has lent a hand in brightening up the corridors at the Deneholm Road residential care home in Northfleet, by putting her artistic skills to use and painting some visual displays at the care home.
Sam has painted a beautiful poppy field in one of the downstairs wings, as well as a hall of fame themed area upstairs, featuring gold and silver stars and photos of celebrities from the residents’ eras.
The displays add to a number of decorative walls that Dene Holm staff have created over the past couple of years, including a music themed corridor featuring records and instruments and a seaside themed hall comprising buckets and spades!
Speaking of her paintings, Sam said: “I really enjoy painting, it’s kind of like respite for me, my son is autistic and so this is my release. I’m hoping to paint a bit more throughout the home, we think the next one will be a spring meadow.”
Feature walls have become a phenomenon in care homes for older people due to their excellent benefits for residents living with dementia. The bright colours and textures give them something to look at and feel when they are wandering the home, they can also help with memory when trying to find somewhere in the home