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Home looking to bring memories flooding back

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

04/02/13 Care home campaign - Burton & Trent Court, Ashby Road, Burton
Bridge Court care home are trying to get hold of items such as old pictures, books and furniture as part of a dementia campaign. .FR: Samantha Fitzgibbon.BK L-R: Sarah Sturgess, Helen

04/02/13 Care home campaign - Burton & Trent Court, Ashby Road, Burton Bridge Court care home are trying to get hold of items such as old pictures, books and furniture as part of a dementia campaign. .FR: Samantha Fitzgibbon.BK L-R: Sarah Sturgess, Helen

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A CARE home in Burton is on the lookout for early 20th century items as part of a campaign aiming to help its dementia sufferers remember happier times.

Bridge Court, in Ashby Road, Winshill, is appealing for any items that may help its residents reminisce about their youth, be it photographs, books, clocks, radios or any items which could reignite memories of the past.

A dedicated ‘memory box’ will be kept at the home, with those behind the campaign hoping the items will help to make residents more comfortable in their surroundings.

All of the 94 residents who reside at the Bridge Court care home either suffer from dementia or another form of mental illness.

Bosses at the home are hoping that family members and staff will contribute to the collection, but are also widening the appeal to members of the public in the hope of attracting a range of different items.

Cheryl Adey, the care home’s general manager, said: “We are a care home that has service users that have dementia so it’s something that’s very close to our hearts and while we have staff who are well-trained and know all about dementia, we are also trying to raise awareness from outside and improve people’s knowledge of dementia.

“Quite often people with dementia regress to their younger years so we’re looking for clothing, pictures or any other items from yesteryear to bring those memories to the forefront.”

As well as providing comfort the people at the home and making them happier, Mrs Adey believes that the campaign has the chance to make a real impact on residents’ lives.

She added: “It will enhance their lives. It gives us a way of gearing activities around items they may have used. They may not be able to recognise a computer, but they can recognise items from when they were young.”

Anybody who would like to contribute to the ‘memory box’ should call the care home on 01283 561760.

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