New Reminiscence Room Makes News!

Our recently opened new reminiscence room has made the news! The Scunthorpe Telegraph featured the room in a recent edition. Here's what they had to say.

New Room at Care Home Will Help to Bring Back Memories

A NEW nostalgia room has been opened in an effort to help residents feel more at home at a North Lincolnshire care home.

Residents at Rathside Residential Home, in Scawby, will now be able to take a trip back to the good old days with a new area of the home which is set in the 1950s.

Included in the room is a vintage radio set, a dial-up telephone and even Elvis Presley records.

Pauline Hewitt, Manager at the home, said the aim of the room was to help bring back memories for those residents who suffer from dementia.

"We had some empty space here in the home and we wondered what we could do with it," said Mrs Hewitt.

"We decided to come up with a reminiscence room so we can evoke memories in our residents."

Mrs Hewitt explained how residents at the home can sometimes get restless during the day and a room to help them bring back memories helps them to settle down.

"Sometimes our residents can get confused," she said."So playing music that takes them back to their younger days can help to calm them down."

The care home, which is part of the Marjara Care Group, currently has around 32 residents.

Development of the reminiscence room has taken place over the past six months and there are also plans to develop further projects in the home.

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin formally opened the new reminiscence room and said it reminded him of visiting his grandma.

"It's a fantastic project," he said.

"It sets a good example and it reminds me of my grandma."

The room will be open to residents to go in and out of during the day.

Mrs Hewitt added that despite the room currently being set around the 1950s, it would need to change in the coming generations.

"We will have to update the room once the generations move on," she said.

"Especially when we get to the generations who have grown up around laptops and computers."

Read more at the Scunthorpe Telegraph online

  • May 1, 2017
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