Grand opening of ‘Memory Lane’ in Ruislip care home


Poplars Care Home is a 27 bedded care in the heart of Ruislip caring for residential and dementia clients. As part of recent renovations, previously unused areas of the Home have been transformed into a ‘Memory Lane’; a vintage street scene of shop fronts featuring original, vintage items. Shops such as Poplars Grocer feature ration books, original packaging of well known household items and provides a wonderful conversation piece for the residents. The shop fronts on the ground floor memory lane include a Grocer, Tea Room, Pharmacy and Ye Olde Sweet Shop. There is also an original bus stop and school crossing signage. The street scene assists those with a diagnosis of dementia to remember a time in their past that is more familiar. This resource provides a source of interaction for residents as they meaningfully interact with their environment.

On the 1st floor of the Home another memory lane has been created around the hairdressing salon in the Home. This ‘Memory Lane’ features a Royal China Shop, Poplars Grocery Shop, Post Office and Fashion Shop. Further vintage pieces such as original 40’s clothing and accessories, original post office memorabilia and collectors edition Royal celebration china. This street scene features a working barbers pole which is certainly eye catching for all those waiting to have their hair done each week.

Hillingdon Mayor, Cllr John Hensley will attend on 01/02/17 at 2pm to formally open these ‘Memory Lane’ street scenes. As a tribute to those residents who have a diagnosis of dementia, these features will allow for meaningful interaction by focusing on a past era of familiarity. Local services who support the Home such as the District Nurse Team in Hillingdon, the Memory Team, local GPs serving the Home and the Community Matron have confirmed their attendance to this event.

A light buffet will be served along with cakes decorated by the residents of Poplars Care Home. All are welcome to attend.


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