Care home residents rock around the clock for Alzheimer’s day


The Knoll Nursing Home, Gloucester, Contact, Debbie Smith, Home Manager 21st September They are holding a 50's Rock & Roll day and staff are dressing up in 50's gear. Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Music mad residents of a Gloucestershire care home have relived the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll in support of Alzheimer’s sufferers across the country.


Staff at the Knoll Care Home in Tuffley put on a show with classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s for residents, their friends and families – raising £100.


The idea came from staff at the Stroud Road home who wanted to do something special to raise awareness for World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September.


Staff dressed up in their best leather jackets and retro outfits for the day, with those not taking part made to pay a £3 fine. As part of the fundraising day staff also turned the home’s dining room into a replica of a classic American diner.


Singer Brian Slade, whose mother also suffers from dementia, performed songs from the 50s and 60s including All Shook Up, Blueberry Hill and Be Bop a Lula.


Money raised from the event will go towards days out and activities for the residents, many of whom live with dementia themselves.


Debbie Smith, manager of The Knoll Care Home, said: “Alzheimer’s is a condition we are all too familiar with and the key to living with it is to keep the mind active and stimulated.


“Our residents love the music of the 1950s, especially rock ‘n’ roll and our staff saw the opportunity to put on a fantastic event, raise vital funds and give advice and support to families all in one go.”


The event also featured a raffle and afternoon tea for residents, families and friends.


The Knoll is part of the privately-owned Redwood Healthcare Group, is set within 15 acres of grounds with views over Gloucester and the Forest of Dean.


It is registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide accommodation for 34 older people who require personal care.


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