Here at Collingtree Park, we are very lucky to have such a beautiful home. However, we had one room on our Memory Lane community that hadn’t been used for anything for two whole years. We decided this room needed to be giving back to the residents, so we sat down, brain-stormed ideas and we talked about the concept of making a common and familiar village surrounding for dementia residents.
Our main aim for the 'Village Life Project' was to create an indoor village that the residents could use whenever they liked. We included a post office and a post box, as well as a desk with letters and stamps. Our village also has a glamorous clothing shop corner with dresses, shoes, hats and bags.
The main attraction of this project is our ‘tea room’ – residents can sit and enjoy afternoon tea and cake in the beautiful vintage-style tea room that overlooks the golf course which surrounds the home.
We created this village by re-purposing items that were no longer in use within the home. We also went on a few shopping trips to charity shops to look for china cups, saucers and tea pots, which can be seen on display in the room.
From the 1st March and the first Thursday of each month thereafter, the village room will be hosting our Memory Café for friends, relatives and anyone in the community who would benefit from talks, activities and small training sessions based around our person-centred approach to dementia care.
So why not come along and experience a welcoming environment with support and advice from like-minded carers, friends and family members?