Care Home Opens up 1950s-Style Memory Room
A care facility in Sale has created a reminiscence room in an attempt to help residents connect with their past
The Guardian reported earlier this week of a 1950s-style Reminiscence Room opening at Fiona Gardens care facility in Sale. This innovative concept is aimed at helping residents with dementia to boost their memories. The room features doilies and aged wallpaper, an authentic Singer sewing machine resting in the corner, and music from classic 50s singers such as Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers.
A resident, Joy, 82, has described the room as “beautifully decorated and a nice place to sit and think.” She said: “It reminds me of my childhood home and has a sewing machine just like the one my mum used to take up the hems on my dresses. The radiogram brings back fond memories of the one which used to hold all my dad’s records.”
The idea was devised by staff at the care home, who are planning to run regular reminiscence sessions. Research has shown that discussing and revisiting the past can help to boost the memory of dementia sufferers, with reminiscence therapy improving psychological well-being.
The Housing Trust which manages the care home are hoping to open more reminiscence rooms along with Memory Cafes in their other facilities.