Spalding’s Cedar Falls ‘Memory Lane cafe’ is welcoming people from the wider community

Joan Melling (left) with home registered manager Nike Ajewole.
Joan Melling (left) with home registered manager Nike Ajewole.
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A Spalding care home’s innovative Memory Lane cafe, set up to help people living with dementia, is about to open to families who don’t have relatives at Cedar Falls.

The Little London Road care home’s registered manager, Nike Ajewola, came up with the idea of transforming the dining room into a 1940s themed cafe, with staff dressed in traditional waitress outfits, serving homemade cakes and teas and coffees.

Music and special displays help the atmosphere and also help stimulate memory and conversation.

Cedar Falls has more than 90 residents and around half suffer from some form of dementia – a condition which has symptoms including memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

The next Memory Lane Cafe will be held on Wednesday, August 24 from 2pm-4pm, when it’s hoped people from the wider community will attend.

Nike said: “It is our mission to build a dementia friendly community and bring the outside inside so that our residents enjoy social inclusion.

“We also welcome the local community to come and join us and not feel alone.

“Our cafe offers a taste of the caring culture at Cedar Falls.”

Relatives of Cedra Falls residents from across the UK have travelled to Spalding to attend and South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes has visited to see the cafe at work.

Cedar Falls is part of the Tanglewood Care Homes Group, which has sister homes in Boston, Coningsby, Horncastle and Alford, and they too may get a taste of Spalding’s pioneering cafe.

Nike said: “We are currently looking at how we might roll out the project across the whole Tanglewood family.”