Residents at Uvedale Hall residential care home in Needham Market have enjoyed a week of reminiscence and remembering as part of Dementia Awareness Week.
Staff at the home coordinated a packed week of entertainment and activities for residents to enjoy as part of their work to highlight and raise awareness of the condition.
The home is part of the Healthcare Homes Group and provides high quality residential care for up to 29 people, many of whom live with dementia. The week was just a small part of the ongoing work within the home to provide fun and stimulating activities for residents.
On Monday a ‘reminiscence show’ was held, featuring music from years gone by and on Wednesday a specially themed 1960s reminiscence session was held with games and music. Residents chose games to play such as ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ and pass the parcel, and staff members wore authentic 1960s costumes to complete the experience.
Alongside these sessions, artist Julie Ham visited the hall for some art therapy with the residents, an afternoon tea was held, yoga therapy was enjoyed and Esther the therapeutic ‘PAT’ dog visited the home.
Home Manager Jon Hammond said, “Our activities team, led by activities coordinator, Karen Fox, has done a fantastic job of organising a really varied programme of activities for our residents, which has helped up support Dementia Awareness Week.
“Our focus on ‘reminiscing’ was very important as we know that creating environments full of visual and musical triggers can stimulate memories of times gone by and lead to enjoyable conversations with residents, many of whom live with the challenges that dementia poses.
“All of our residents enjoyed the activities on offer, we’ve really enjoyed seeing their artwork and Esther the dog is always a hit with everyone she meets.”
Uvedale Hall is based on Coddenham Road in Needham Market