Care home residents boost wellbeing with reminisce


Residents of Barnes Lodge enjoyed a morning of memory boosting reminiscence, using a variety of tools, including sounds and images.


Gathered in one of the home’s sitting rooms, residents of the new Tudeley Lane care home enjoyed a spot of reminiscence therapy, chatting to one another about their younger days over a cup of tea.


Using a variety of old photos, items and sounds which triggered memories, the group of residents spent the morning with the social activities facilitator, Nicola, chatting about their memories and what the sounds and images meant to them, including discussing how the sound of a steam train reminded them of summer holidays on the coast.


Nicola Newman, social activities facilitator at Barnes Lodge, said: “The residents really enjoy our reminiscence sessions, they always result in a lot of conversation about past holidays, jobs and family members and usually end in a sing song!


“We believe that reminiscence is key to our health and wellbeing, so we embrace it fully within our activities and daily life – our residents have their own memory boxes by their front door, which are filled with old photos and memorabilia, and our street scene area evokes memories of shopping on the high street.”



  1. Reminiscence is such a powerful way to connect people together. Shared stories and experiences help build bonds and increase our sense of wellbeing. So good to read of care homes using this method to create positive lived experiences for residents and staff alike!


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