Residents living with Dementia at our Care home in Great Harwood have received a virtual boost of Vitamin C with the newly decorated Lowerfold Lounge at Townfield & Coach House in Church Street.
The lounge and dining room have been redecorated with areas in a bright orange that reflects colours in the natural environment. Bright colours are good for people living with dementia as they can trigger memories and stimulate the brain so that they live well with their condition. The room also boasts a large cinema screen and projector so that the residents can enjoy the treat of visiting the cinema without having to leave home.
As a specialist care home for people with dementia, Townfield & Coach House owners, brothers John and Michael Timmins, are abreast of latest research from the University of Stirling into helping people live well with dementia.
Michael Timmins said:
“We are always striving to improve the surroundings for our residents and have already renovated two of our lounges using themes and colour to benefit the residents. Too many neutral shades in a room can add to the confusion experienced as a result of memory loss. We wanted to help our residents distinguish the different areas and feel comfortable in the rooms they regularly use.
Many of our residents used to enjoy a visit to the cinema when they were younger and so we are trying to recreate that experience for them. We aim to run a film club on a regular basis so that films from all eras can be enjoyed. The décor we have chosen incorporates old film posters which help the residents reminisce about the films they have enjoyed in the past.”
The home celebrated the opening of the newly renovated lounge by having the local GP, Dr Halstead from The Weavers Medical Group officially open the lounge. There were also entertainers Ian and Alan from Music in Mind who sang familiar songs to the residents. There was also a cake stall with all proceeds from the stall going to the residents’ fund to provide treats over the summer with trips out, ice creams, entertainment etc. for the residents.