Reminiscence at Ivy Court

Today at, Ivy Court in Norwich, a reminiscence group was held for the residents.

The residents were led into the quite lounge where lots of old items were set out for them to look at, touch and discuss. These familiar objects lead the residents into remembering stories from their past that they share and discuss with each other, these early memories are the ones someone living with dementia tends to retain so can provide a great talking point for them.

The items they got to look at this week were old type writers, a sewing machine and camera. We talked about the ones our residents had and what they used them for. Some of our residents thoroughly enjoyed explaining how they made their children’s clothing, and how the type writers were uses for writing letters and doing homework on.

This life story work is shared between our residents and the care team who help support them, getting know them and their past helps the carer understand them as a person and provide a more individual approach to their care.

There is evidence that life story and reminiscence work, particularly when done one-on-one, can improve mood, well being and some mental abilities such as memory. By talking about who they are, people with dementia can help others focus on them, and not their dementia.

Ivy Court

Home Manager

Alison Fallowfield

Address

Ivy Road,
Norwich,
Norfolk,
NR5 8BF

Contact
0808 202 0478
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
To Whom it may concern,

RE: A message from the CEO and Clinical Director

At Caring Homes we are following the latest Government advice and stopping visitors to all our homes, except for essential visits by healthcare professionals who will be required to adhere to strict protocols.

We understand that this may be very difficult for families but we are clear in our duty to ensure we protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues as our top priority.

We want you to know that you can contact your loved ones through calls, emails, video and social media and we will support our Residents to view any messages you send over. We are confident that the teams in our homes are doing all they can to ensure that life remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. There will be a full programme of activities delivered by our in-house health and wellbeing teams.

We hope you will understand and support these actions and any further subsequent measures we might need to put in place.

Yours sincerely