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Dining through the decades – Copthorne care home takes a trip down memory lane

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Residents at a care home in Copthorne have taken a trip down memory lane as part of a nationwide initiative to rediscover their favourite foods from the past.

Care UK’s Francis Court, on Borers Arms Road, hosted a 1970s-themed dinner party as part of their celebrations which aimed to rediscover residents favourite foods throughout the decades.

Dining through the decades – Copthorne care home takes a trip down memory laneThe dinner party, which featured a prawn cocktail starter, bacon suet pudding, black forest gateau dessert and Babycham encouraged residents to reminisce about their younger years and share their memories. The residents then picked their top movies from the era to watch that evening, including the classic film, Saturday Night Fever.

The ‘Food for Thought’ initiative sees Care UK homes across the country take part in activities which encourage memory sharing and the use of food as a tool for reminiscence.

Anna Allen, Home Manager at Francis Court, said: “We had a fantastic afternoon stepping back in time to revisit the 1970s. In true 70s style, we hosted a dinner party, which provided a great opportunity for residents to share their own memories of the era.Dining through the decades – Copthorne care home takes a trip down memory lane

“Reminiscence activities have many advantages for older people, especially those living with dementia, as it can support memory recall and encourage conversation, both of which can help the person to feel valued and remind them of their identity.

“Residents certainly enjoyed re-discovering some of their favourite foods from the past, and the activity has even inspired some new menu suggestions and requests. Our chefs are looking forward to recreating these on our menus and in the coming weeks for everyone to enjoy.”

As part of the project, Care UK has also teamed up with BBC’s Back in Time for… presenter and historian, Dr Polly Russell, to create a special tasting menu for residents to enjoy. Designed to be used a sensory tool to encourage reminiscence in older people, the menu features iconic foods from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, and has been used as part of an interactive storytelling session, hosted by Dr Polly, to encourage reminiscence.

Dr Polly commented: “I am delighted to have partnered with Care UK for this project. There really is something incredibly special about the way food can evoke memories and emotions. Just one flavour or smell can prompt a different memory and emotion for each individual, which is why food can be such a powerful tool for memory recall.”

Francis Court has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. 

For more information on Francis Court, please call Customer Relations Manager, Beverly Jordan, on 01342 886 567, or email beverly.jordan@careuk.com

To find out more about Care UK’s partnership with Dr Polly Russell, and for more top tips on how you and your loved ones can get involved at home, visit careuk.com/food-for-thought

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Borers Arms Road, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3LQ

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