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A care home in Leeds is helping many of its residents with dementia to take part in daily activities, rebuild their sense of purpose and create opportunities for meaningful conversations with the help of doll therapy.
Residents at Paisley Lodge, an Orchard Care Home based in Armley, now benefit from a specialist doll therapy area, thanks to the ongoing support of a partnership with Nestlé Professional, which enhances the 45-bed home’s specialist dementia care. A form of reminiscence therapy, doll therapy is designed to revive memories of parental responsibility in those living with dementia.
Bunting, Union Jack flags and hats, decorated cakes and a sing-along all helped celebrate the patron saint of England at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.
Residents took part in an arts and crafts session to create the English flag bunting. They also used icing sugar and other toppings to decorate themed cupcakes.
Residents at Windle Court care home in South Woodham Ferrers had a high-tech experience when local man, Jason, kindly visited with his camera drone. As Jason flew the drone over South Woodham Ferrers, close to Chelmsford in Essex, residents had the opportunity to wear goggles linked to the drone and were able to take in the amazing views from 100ft above, recognising local landmarks such as the River Crouch, Meadow Croft Garden Centre, an aerial view of their home, Windle court, as well as the surrounding landscape.
Activities Coordinator at Windle Court, Nicola Daniels, said, "Everyone was really impressed and cannot wait for another visit and we hope that more of our residents will experience this amazing technology.”
Residents at a care home in Bearsden are proving it’s never too late to learn a new language by taking up French lessons.
Meallmore’s Antonine House care home has teamed up with Glasgow-based social enterprise Lingo Flamingo, who visit once a week to provide interactive language classes.
Language learning in later years has been shown to have a number of benefits and it is believed that speaking multiple languages can delay the onset of dementia by up to five years. The classes help to improve residents’ cognitive ability, communication skills and well-being, as well as build their confidence.
Blondie the Shetland pony trotted into a Teesside care home to meet elderly residents.
The tiny, all white pony paid a visit to those living at Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick.
The delighted residents greeted Blondie with smiles and even a song – which almost wooed the pony to sleep.
Resident Ivy Thomas began singing as soon as she approached, when Blondie rested her head on Ivy’s knee and closed her eyes.
Fellow resident John Cliff Magson, who is profoundly deaf and chooses not to participate in many activities, was overcome with the visit.
A TEESSIDE care home transformed into a pizzeria for the day as residents baked their own Italian creations. National Pizza Day was celebrated by staff and residents at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.
Alwyn Behan, 86, Marian Knightly, 83, Jane Monaghan, 72, and Sylvia Smith, 77, were among those who created their own pizzas.
The residents chose their favourite toppings, including pepperoni, chicken, ham, and a variety of vegetables, before baking them in the oven.
A MAYORAL afternoon tea was enjoyed by residents from a Peterlee care home.
Town Mayor Councillor Scott Meikle invited residents from Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, on Manor Way, to the annual over 60s new year tea party.
Hot drinks and snacks were served throughout the event, at Shotton Hall, while the visitors enjoyed entertainment, bingo and a raffle.
Dawn Minto, activities coordinator at Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, said: “We have been attending the Mayor’s new year afternoon tea for over 10 years.
A CINEMA turned into a dance hall for elderly care home residents during a dementia friendly screening of hit musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Residents from Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, leapt out of their seats during one of the film’s climactic hits to strut their stuff in the aisles.
The screening specifically for those with dementia was the first of its kind at the Metrocentre, in Gateshead.
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