Broadwater Lodge has converted a number of rooms into interactive, themed spaces for residents.
The team at Broadwater Lodge worked with residents and their families to create six quirky areas, giving them a novel space in which to relax and spend time together.
The first room has been transformed into a 1950s-inspired kitchen, complete with washing machine and sink, allowing residents to take a step back in time and experience their younger years. The kitchen leads into a 50s-style living room, with chairs and vintage-style furniture, designed to spark conversation and allow residents to reminisce.
The team at Broadwater Lodge has also created a beach area in the home’s garden, complete with multicoloured huts, so residents can enjoy the sand between their toes and feel just like they are on Brighton beach when the weather gets warmer.
A shoe cobblers has also been erected at the care home, with real life broken shoes supplied to allow residents to have a go cobbling them back together. A light corridor was also created for the residents, as they missed the Christmas lights when they were taken down.
In addition to these, a ‘Thank You’ room has been made, which displays all the home’s awards and thank you letters from residents and relatives. Finally, a dog-themed room has been created to pay homage to our furry friends, and provide a pet-friendly environment for four-legged visitors to the home.
Angela Bookham, home manager at Broadwater Lodge, said: “The themed areas, including our newly opened Thank You room and Light corridor, are wonderful additions to the care home. We had the resident’s input in creating these spaces, as it was vital that they would be areas for everyone to find valuable and enjoy.
“We had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for the rooms, and the feedback from residents so far has been brilliant. The new rooms provide wonderful opportunities for reminiscence, which can have a powerful impact on older people’s mental health and wellbeing, especially those living with dementia.
“We are looking forward to using these interactive spaces on a daily basis, and residents are benefiting from the new environments already.”