Murals prompt memories in care home residents living with dementia


A new giant mural is helping bring back happy memories for dog lover Elizabeth Bessant, 73, a resident at Freshfields nursing home in Plymouth

The autumnal scene taken in a local wood was snapped by activities co-ordinator Paul Hutt and is on the first floor of the Agaton Road home.

“Elizabeth used to love walking in the woods with her two Westie dogs and enjoys looking at this scene and taking a trip down memory lane,” said Paul.

“The mural prompts Elizabeth and our other residents to share their memories and has become a real talking point for them.

“The autumnal scene brings some of the glorious colours of the season into the home and helps give the place a homely feel.”

The mural is one of three photographic woodland-themed scenes at the 36-bed home, run by care provider Camelot Care, aimed at improving residents’ sense of well-being.

Recent research undertaken by Guys and St. Thomas’ Charity into the role of the arts in reminiscence reveals how it can empower people with dementia.

As a result of the London study a range of practitioners are now using the arts in dementia care, with strong anecdotal evidence suggesting that this can be highly effective.


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