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Sudbury care homes support dementia week

REM pod at The Red House residential home in Sudbury''Pictured: Shirley Costello, Barnard Hearn and Frida Evans ANL-160516-202641009
REM pod at The Red House residential home in Sudbury''Pictured: Shirley Costello, Barnard Hearn and Frida Evans ANL-160516-202641009

Care homes in Sudbury have been busy holding activities, information events and fundraisers during national Dementia Awareness Week.

The Red House Residential Home in Sudbury took part in this year’s Awareness Week campaign by encouraging their residents to ‘try something new’ and raising local awareness about their ‘RemPod’ facilities.

As part of a week-long programme, residents have had the opportunity to join in with a range of planned activities, including making something with clay, a visit to a local garden centre and spending time reminiscing in the ‘RemPod’ with their Jane Opie Reminiscence year books.

The RemPod is a useful and unique resource for The Red House, particularly beneficial for those residents with dementia.

Carol Vaughan, manager at The Red House, said: “The Red House was the first residential home in Suffolk to invest in the pop up Reminiscence Pods, ‘RemPod’, as featured on the BBC’s Dragon Den.

“These kits are helping to change the quality of life for people with dementia, currently living in care.

“The Pods are literally pop up reminiscence rooms and work by turning any care space into a therapeutic and calming environment.

“They also help to relieve boredom, work as a meaningful ‘fun’ activity and most importantly, build better care bonds between our staff and residents.”

The Red House has a 1950s RemPod which includes a 1950s print backdrop and a fully working 1950s television and radio, installed with classic shows and songs.

The pod has complete fifties living room décor and furniture, as well as plenty of memorabilia for residents to browse and enjoy.

St Joseph’s Anchor Care Home in Sudbury also held a week of activities, with fundraisers, to support West Suffolk Hospital’s Forget-Me-Not dementia campaign.

On Sunday Colin Smart and Sharon Whittaker set off on their 26.2 mile cycling endeavour around the Suffolk countryside.

If anyone would like to sponsor the pair please visit www.justgiving.com/colinsharoncycle.

On Monday the home held a Dementia Friends session, to help people have a better understanding of dementia and how to deal with it.

The week also saw a coffee morning held to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

Tomorrow night a quiz is being held at the home based in The Croft, Sudbury, from 7.30pm.

Teams can be up to six people, costing £3 per head. To enter please call 01787 888460 and ask for Trudy Smart.

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