May 21, 2021
A Bracknell care home has converted its own pub into a jazz café to mark Jazz Appreciation Month.
Care UK’s Bickerton House, on Warfield Road, welcomed professional singer, Asli Koptur, for a special virtual performance. This was part of a programme of events and installations, including a music-themed quiz and the creation of a jazz legends wall of fame.
Many residents at Bickerton House have fond memories of listening to jazz music in their younger years and the activities gave them the perfect opportunity to reminisce.
Resident Susan Spiers said: “I visited lots of jazz clubs during trips to Memphis, New York and New Orleans. I loved watching jazz performers in the streets there, too.”
Another resident, Peter Hale added: “I’ve been to some jazz concerts in my time and used to keep all the programmes.”
Erika Smith, Home Manager at Bickerton House, said: “As part of our activity-based care approach, we are always looking to plan exciting activities for residents. Previous music events have been a real success, and proved that many residents had a keen interest in jazz, so we were delighted to mark Jazz Appreciation Month with a special celebration.
“Listening to music has many therapeutic benefits for older people, especially those living with dementia, as it can help to unlock long-forgotten happy memories, as well as encouraging social interaction, and reducing anxiety and agitation.
“We all enjoyed Asli’s brilliant performance, and it was wonderful to see the emotion on the residents’ faces. Seeing the pub transformed into a Jazz Café for the occasion has helped many residents to reminisce through the music – a wonderful day was had by all!”
Bickerton House has been designed to encourage residents to live active and fulfilling lives, while remaining as independent as possible in a safe environment. The state-of-the-art care home, which opened last year, provides full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, and features a cinema, hair salon and art studio, and incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities.
For more information about Bickerton House please call Customer Relations Manager, Jo Anderson, at Jo.Anderson@careuk.com or call on 01344 989943.
For more general information, please visit: careuk.com/bickerton-house
Warfield Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2JB
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