A Taste of Days Gone By this April
This month we travelled back in time and turned the clocks right back for an afternoon of vintage 1940s fun. We enjoyed fabulous vintage-styled live entertainment, historically themed displays, and the nostalgic taste of wartime Britain during our 1940s-inspired Tea Dance.
We went all out, transforming the stunning former manor home with decorations that allowed residents to relive history and included a backdrop of Union Jacks, retro sweets, and propaganda newspapers. The event was requested by our wonderful residents themselves and we were thrilled to bring their ideas to life.
The 1940s was one of the most memorable decades in history. The staff all embraced their characters dressing up to fit in with the theme. The nostalgic playlist of live singer ‘Vintage Ruby’ allowed the residents to dance the afternoon away.
The tables were dressed to recreate the sights and sounds of the fabulous 40s and residents dined on a 1940s-inspired ‘afternoon tea’ buffet, all of which were prepared by the care home chef, Elia.
Our residents thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing about the days gone by and our staff loved hearing their stories. Reminiscing can have a number of positive effects on the elderly, and we were so pleased to create the opportunity for our residents to truly immerse themselves in their fond memories. For many older people, in particular those who no longer live in their own homes, or who rarely go out or see old friends, organised reminiscence sessions can be very helpful in encouraging their memories to be recalled and shared (Sim, 1997).
Some of the benefits include:
– It encourages a sense of unique identity
– It encourages feelings of self-worth
– It allows carers to learn from individuals and therefore reverses the “gift relationship”
– It encourages sociability and opens new friendships
– It aids the assessment of current functioning and informs care plans
– It preserves and transmits the cultural heritage
– It assists the life review process
– It encourages staff development
– It is, most often, an enjoyable activity!
(Source: Age UK)
We’re fond of travelling back in time at Birchwood House and have even enjoyed a medieval themed celebration. We love to organise plenty of interesting and fun themed activities for our residents. You can learn more about some of our other celebrations through our blogs.