Dr Murrison took time out of his busy schedule, which includes leading on a review of NHS care for former British Service Personnel who have lost their limbs, to officiate the opening of the brand new kitchens. Dr Murrison is no stranger to the home as he opened it in 2003, and was greeted on this occasion by Mike Parsons, Founder and Chief Executive of Barchester Healthcare.
The special environments in Barchester’s unique Memory Lane Communities, encourage people with dementia to stay as independent and active as possible. They are created by the in-house expert Interior Design Team that continually develop methods and principles to design places that improve the quality of life for residents with different types of dementia as well as the staff who care for them.
The new high quality, fully functioning kitchen, encourages residents and their visiting relatives to cook and make drinks to promote independent living. Residents are also supported to experience the familiarity of everyday household tasks, which is something many people with dementia take pleasure in.
During the tour of the home Dr Murrison met several residents and helped one lady mix her cake ingredients. After the tour, Dr Murrison MP remarked: "It was a great pleasure to visit Wingfield again and to see the new developments that have been introduced since my last visit. Residents and staff at the home are enjoying the new life-skills kitchens and were baking some very impressive treats. I’ll be back again soon! “
Sharon Adams, General Manager at Wingfield, said: “We were delighted that Dr Murrison could visit us again. The Wingfield has been open for over eight years now and we are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of life for our residents. “We have added and improved many features of the home including an internal garden and a sensory haven. The addition of these life-skills kitchens is fantastic and it’s great to see the ladies and gentlemen busy in the kitchen, just as they would have been at home.”