Pontefract Care Home Offers Residents Chance To Relive The Past

Millfields Care Home, in Pontefract, has officially opened its new reminiscence room - which is designed specifically to help those with dementia connect with the past.

The newly fitted out room was designed in collaboration with residents and features a range of period items from the 1950-1970s including a record player with a range of music, a Singer sewing machine, and even a pub bar and bell. 

Care Home Manager, Laura Jones, said “We’re really excited to be able to offer something unique to our residents, we know how much of a positive benefit a facility like this can have on health and well-being, especially for those living with dementia. At Millfields our staff are always looking for new and innovative ways to support and engage with residents. It was particularly heart-warming to see how residents got involved & contributed their thoughts on what they wanted this room to be like.” 

Activities & Fundraising Co-ordinator, Victoria Jenkins said “It has been hard work getting this up and running especially with the added difficulty of COVID. We’ve spent hours trying to find period items online that would really bring the reminiscence room to life. In the short time we’ve had the room kitted out we’ve already seen how this has made a real difference to the lives of residences”.

Councillor Tom Gordon, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Normanton, Pontefract, & Castleford, was invited to open the room on Thursday 30th July.Due to COVID, the event was a slimmed-down and socially distanced affair, rather than the party that had been originally planned for residents and their loved ones.

Commenting Cllr Gordon said “The staff at Millfields should be super proud of themselves, they are second to none, and residents absolutely thrilled with their latest idea. It’s been lovely speaking with few residents I was able to meet and hearing their stories about our local area – they’ve even taught me a thing or two. I’ve already been invited back for a quiz and to meet with residents properly when it’s safe to do so, and I can’t wait”.

The staff, tireless in their efforts to think of ways to support their residents, are now setting out to fundraise for a minibus in hope that they can take residents away on day trips.

Millfields currently have vacancies for respite care, day care, full-time residential, and enquiries can be made by calling 01977 690 606.

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