Care home gives residents a chance to relive the past with a reminiscence room

  • Chris Easom
  • September 17, 2020

A new reminiscence room has officially opened in Millfields Care Home, designed specifically to help those with dementia connect with the past. With the help of residents, the room was created at the Pontefract care home to feature a range of period items from the 1950 up to the 1970s, including a record player with a range of music, a sewing machine, a pub bar and bell.

Laura Jones, the Care Home Manager, said “We’re really excited to be able to offer something unique to our residents, we know how much of a positive benefit a facility like this can have on health and well-being. It was particularly heart-warming to see how residents got involved and contributed their thoughts on what they wanted this room to be like.”

The idea came from Laura and care home activities and fundraising coordinator, Victoria Jenkins, who observed research from Bradford University, which offers psychosocial research into living and caring well for people with dementia.

“It’s all been worth it, we’ve had such a good response. It was really touching to see a couple of our residents with severe dementia dancing away in the reminiscence room to old records.”