Sensory corridor unveiled

EVERY STEP COUNTS: From left, activities leader Ann Roche, maintenance technician Cliff While, Sudbury mayor Tony Platt, care home manager Martin Murphy and unit manager Marie Smale at the opening of a new sensory corridor at Catchpole Court.
EVERY STEP COUNTS: From left, activities leader Ann Roche, maintenance technician Cliff While, Sudbury mayor Tony Platt, care home manager Martin Murphy and unit manager Marie Smale at the opening of a new sensory corridor at Catchpole Court.
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DEMENTIA patients at a Sudbury care home are giving “finding their way” a whole new meaning after the opening of a sensory corridor.

The “look, touch and enjoy” corridor at Catchpole Court in Walnut Tree Lane allows residents to interact and explore different parts of the wall and floor as they make their way around.

It is hoped the area, which was officially opened by Sudbury mayor Tony Platt, will help those with dementia – a condition which affects memory, attention and problem solving.

“The corridor offers residents the chance to gain stimulation while walking down a corridor,” said care home manager Martin Murphy.

“It is a chance to stop and engage, reflect and re-establish old skills.”

As well as the corridor, the home has also introduced a memory room, filled with items from the past, to give residents the opportunity to reminisce and help recall old events.

“The response from residents and their families has been very positive,” added Mr Martin.

“I have every confidence that this will greatly improve the lives of people living within our care for years to come.”