Sensory murals have been a wonderful way to help residents living with dementia at a Sanctuary Care home, helping the home to scoop a £7,500 award.
Beechwood Residential Care Home in Upton-upon-Severn – and three other county Sanctuary Care homes – have received awards through Worcestershire County Council’s Dementia Leadership Award Programme.
Home manager Jemma Robinson and the Beechwood team have been creating sensory murals, including a Wind in the Willows scene, with lots of furry creatures, imitation grass and flowers that blow in the breeze.
The grants reward the homes’ achievements in meeting the council’s Dementia Standards, which highlight in particular the importance of multi-sensory stimulation.
Jemma said: “Our residents absolutely love the murals and for many, they are a focal point and meeting place.
“We have one lady in particular who always tells her friend she will meet her by the hare on our Wind in the Willows mural.”
There are also activity stations around Beechwood, including a 1950s kitchen complete with old fashioned Hoover and famous brands from yesteryear.
These items help residents to feel at home, because they are familiar things that many of them would have grown up with.
Other Sanctuary Care homes in Worcestershire to receive £7,500 are Westmead Residential Care Home in Droitwich, Worcester’s Regent Residential Care Home and Ravenhurst Residential Care Home, Stourport-on-Severn.
The grants must be used to further enhance the development of dementia care.