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A day to remember for Holbeach Hospital as residents share afternoon tea to mark Dementia Action Week

Holbeach Hospital and two other care homes in the area shared afternoon tea in a celebration of Dementia Action Week.

Residents from Holbeach Hospital were joined by groups from the town's Mayfield Residential Home and Beech Lodge Nursing Home in Holbeach St Johns to exchange memories from the past.

The hospital's "dementia champions", Maggie Ward and Jackie White, organised an afternoon that included an old-fashioned tea party, served in china cups and saucers, reminiscence games, a nostalgic sing-a-long and other activities designed to help residents remember events from their youth.

Jackie said: "The day was successful as all the activities helped people remember things and share their own stories."

"They were all chatting and befriending each other which is what we like to see.

"We left the reminiscing to the residents, while going round with a pillow case containing articles from the past."

Among the seemingly ordinary items used to recapture memories were a horseshoe, wooden rolling pin, soap, black gloves, fire bellows and a tea strainer.

Jackie said: "The day was also about bringing each of the homes together to share ideas and resources.

"Our residents live at Holbeach Hospital but they are still part of the community, so we're trying to get them more integrated.

"We aim to make the hospital a friendly community within a community and just because some of the residents have dementia, it doesn't mean that they can't try something new."


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