Pictures and memories of bygone Sheffield are set to provide a pivotal link with residents at the city’s newest dementia care service.
Fulwood Lodge Care Home has hand-picked key landmarks from the city as a way to connect with the minds of residents set to fill 17 new beds.
Roy Young, managing director of Sheffield-based Silver Healthcare that runs the home, said: “At the heart of high quality dementia care is the need to ensure residents are kept calm, safe and happy. Loss of short term memory is regularly an early sign of the illness but long term memory can remain pin sharp.
“A high proportion of our residents are Sheffield born and bred and providing the links with the past are vital ingredient in their overall care and stimulation.”
Old images of The Moor, Wicker Arches, Pond Street, the pre-1960s trams and the Hole In The Road have already proved their ability to provide an instant connection with residents at the company’s other two dementia homes in the city.
The home will also be providing regular interactive games and activities, frequent outings throughout summer, as well as regular garden potting and planting sessions.
Lesley Christian, manager of Fulwood Lodge Care Home, said: “Moving into a care home can transform the quality of life for many older people who find that living in their own homes is no longer the best, and safest option for them. All our care homes are bright, clean, and provide warm and loving settings where carer’s, nurses and residents develop strong bonds and enjoy spending time together. We also understand the importance of serving up tasty and nutritious food. Our catering team pride themselves in making mealtimes and menus enjoyable and fun, helping residents to explore new tastes or savour favourite foods from their childhood.”
Fulwood Lodge Care Home is run by Sheffield-based Silver Healthcare Ltd that also runs two additional homes that cater for dementia sufferers – Rosebank and Leahyrst.