Peppermill gets a makeover at Forth Bay

Forth Bay Nursing Home in Kincardine on Forth took Peppermill from drab to fab with a makeover to their corridors.

As Peppermill is the dementia area at Forth Bay, it is important that the design is different to the rest of the home to ensure the residents feel safe and secure, and avoid confusion. To enable this we have been working on redecoration which took place to make the unit more dementia focused. We used the Kings Fund Tool as a guide on best practice, this is also the tool the Care Inspectorate use during their Inspection process.

EBCD involves gathering experiences from residents and the care team through interviewing, observations and group discussions, identifying key ‘touch points’ (emotionally significant points) and assigning positive or negative feelings. It was decided through this that local areas that the residents would recognise would be ideal, and bring Kincardine on Forth into the home.

By decorating the corridors in Peppermill it makes them less daunting for the residents and helps them make sense of their environment. The use of pictures and paintings will help the residents differentiate between areas in the home and what direction they may need to travel in, helping them feel more confident when moving around.

The main theme of the corridors is based around a street idea, you could say we have brought the village of Kincardine indoors! The bedroom door decals look like front doors, which will help the residents find their own rooms, we also incorporated a park area for residents to sit and relax in. Most of the images are actually areas in and around Kincardine, a lot of our residents are familiar with this area especially the Kincardine Bridge.

This was the residents project, and it was great seeing everyone get really involved, creating months of discussion! The residents went on several shopping trips to pick out colours, materials and flowers to brighten Peppermill, the flowers were placed in the baskets and on the walls. We have some residents that were avid gardeners in their day so they particularly loved this part of the mural. They also helped Diane make some of the embellishments. Our visitors even got involved helping to make flower boxes and our bird house. These interesting art pieces will create lots of conversation in the months and years to come.

Planning spaces for individuals with memory loss take unique thought, additional time,  and tender loving care. In these spaces, it’s the seemingly insignificant details that matter. The whole project took Diane around 4- 6 months to complete. It has been a talking point for our residents, visitors and visiting professionals who all feel that Diane has done a fantastic job!

If you would like to find out more about life at Forth Bay and the care we offer, or to request a meeting with our Home Manager, please contact us on 0808 223 5504 or

Forth Bay

Home Manager

Fiona Day


Walker Street,
Kincardine on Forth,
FK10 4NT

0808 223 5504
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