The new service, hosted by Earsdon Grange, a residential care home for the elderly which also offers care for people living with dementia, has received praise from residents and local healthcare professionals and has now been expanded to welcome guests from the local community, including family carers.
The informal café is held each month and features an afternoon tea with reminiscence-based talks and activities for guests to participate in, hosted by the home’s Activities Coordinators, as well as providing a local support network for those in a similar position.
At the most recent memory café, residents were given a glimpse back in time after digging through and discussing items in a ‘memory box’ containing household memorabilia from years gone by.
Shop scales, old currency, items of clothing, household ornaments and local newspapers from years past were just some of the memorabilia pieces which have generated great discussion at the home and helped café guests commemorate the area’s local heritage.
Hundreds of thousands of families are touched by dementia every year and many people don’t know where to turn. Memory cafes are being set up throughout the country as a place where people can get together for support.
Earsdon Grange Home Manager Nicola Bell Said: “Our home has a good reputation for working well with those living with memory loss and dementia and close connections with local Healthcare organisations, support groups and dementia-related charities. We wanted to extend our experience and knowledge to friends and families in the community, and create a hub for people to come and share their stories. Our Memory Café is just another step in strengthening the outreach of our home and in developing the community support provision in our area. We would welcome anyone in the community to join us, our doors are open.”
Those interested in attending the memory café should contact Krissy Grant, Activities Coordinator at Earsdon Grange on 0191 283 3963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and the date of the next get together.