The smell of freshly made pies filled the corridors at Barnes Lodge Residential Care Home last week, when residents enjoyed a spot of baking.
For older people and in particular, those living with dementia, whipping up some treats in the kitchen can do more than just create some tasty treats, according to a growing range of sources in both the culinary and mental health worlds. In fact, baking has been found to have therapeutic value which helps to ease depression and anxiety.
So, residents of the Tudeley Lane residential care home were delighted when the home’s social activities facilitators suggested spending a grey morning baking some delicious herby cheese pasties.
Spending the morning stimulating their senses, the group of keen bakers rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to the job at hand, rolling their dough and filling their pasties with the herbs and cheese. They carefully folded them into the classic turnover before washing them with egg wash and handing over to bake for them. Once baked, the residents enjoyed sampling their delicious creations alongside a cup of tea.
Nicky Pett, General Manager of Barnes Lodge said: “Our social activities facilitators do an excellent job of providing varied and inspiring activities for our residents here at Barnes Lodge, from creating canvases to baking bread, there is always something going on.
“The residents really enjoy creative activities and they had a great time baking the pasties, sharing memories of what they used to bake for their families, they are all looking forward to the next baking activity!”