Care home’s ‘reminiscence room’ helps stir memories

Jessie Mashiter enjoys reminiscing in the new room.
Jessie Mashiter enjoys reminiscing in the new room.

Residents at a Halton care home are taking repeated trips down memory lane, thanks to the work of an enterprising care worker.

Activities co-ordinator Julie Evans has created a ‘reminiscence room’ at St Wilfrid’s Hall, filled with memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Joseph Lambert enjoys reminiscing in the new room.

Joseph Lambert enjoys reminiscing in the new room.

ppealing to friends, relatives, local antiques shops and the community for donated items, Julie was delighted to receive a host of vintage objects from food tins and sewing machines, to newspapers and clothing.

She has used the generous contributions to transform a little-used room at St Wilfrid’s into one that is now in great demand.

She said: “Our reminiscence room now contains lots furniture and accessories from the past and the wonderful selection of historical everyday paraphernalia triggers memories and conversation of ‘the good old days’.

“We go in there for discussions and I’ll ask what a certain object might be used for. Sometimes the debate can get quite heated!

“The stories that the residents tell of their lives are lovely and they really enjoy the sessions.

“We use the room constantly now for all manner of things – quiet family time, private moments, quizzes and, of course, reminiscing.”

St Wilfrid’s Hall is a country house that has been sympathetically converted to provide residential and nursing care for up to 36 elderly people.