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Care home’s street of memories

Posted on September 03 2014 at 3:35:43 0 comments

Indoor street


The Lawns in Alvechurch offers residents plenty of mental stimulation.

It’s been well-documented that taking a stroll down “memory lane” is beneficial to dementia sufferers – and staff at The Lawns have taken this literally, by creating a street of memories for residents.

The Alvechurch residential care home features an indoor parade of traditional shop fronts including a grocer’s, a barber’s, a haberdashery, bakery and pawnbroker, plus a railway ticket office and even a Post Office with a working post box.

Walking along the corridors with their brick-patterned wallpaper and windows full of retro items is an enjoyable way for residents to reminisce about their past, giving their memories a good workout – and they can actually buy sweets and toiletries from a working shop called Open All Hours.

It’s obvious that this project is an ongoing labour of love for the staff, who are always on the lookout for memorabilia to add to the collection. There are plans to expand the street by adding frontages of a factory, a police station and a pub.

Memory Lane is far from the only way in which The Lawns encourages and entertains its elderly residents, many of whom suffer from dementia.

The lounge features a memory board with old photos of residents, while in a corner known as “Gladrags”, residents have fun dressing up in various hats and accessories and having their pictures taken.

The Lawns also offers regular social activities such as art sessions with a visiting teacher, and the beautiful grounds allow residents to help with planting vegetables and flowers.

Every possible space has been used to add further interesting features for residents to enjoy, such as the peaceful Butterflies Café (pictured below left) where visitors can sit and chat instead of staying in their loved one’s room.

And each corridor of the lovely Victorian building seems to have something different to look at – for instance, one has been turned into a Nature Walk complete with woodland murals, green light bulbs, real branches and toy forest creatures.

The corridors – which The Lawns has been at great pains to “de-institutionalise” – are further brightened by the fact that each door is painted in a different colour.

This helps residents to recognise their own rooms, and they are also assisted by having their own “memory boxes” mounted outside. Created by the staff, each box is personalised with pictures and small souvenirs related to that resident’s hobbies and interests.

The bedrooms, personalised with occupants’ own belongings, all have their own en-suites, and there are also a number of suites with lounge and kitchen areas and wet rooms.

And of course, the idyllic setting of The Lawns – tucked away behind St Laurence Church – means plenty of pretty views and the chance to enjoy the grounds during warmer weather.

Meals, taken in the bright conservatory or cosy dining room, are of a very high standard, using fresh local produce where possible. The Lawns has been awarded a five-star food hygiene rating from Bromsgrove Council.

The Lawns is registered with The Care Quality Commission and offers long or short term respite care as well as caring for up to 40 permanent residents.

Prospective residents, their relatives and carers are encouraged to visit at any time, without appointment, when considering The Lawns as a future home – and potential residents are invited to spend some time at The Lawns before choosing to live there.

The Lawns Residential Care
School Lane, Alvechurch B48 7SB
Tel: 0121 445 4098
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