Sunderland care home opens old-fashioned sweet shop to help fight dementia

Falstone Court Care Home manager Beverley Thompson and deputy manager Bijumon Joseph in the home's old-fashioned shop that has been built to help residents with dementia remember their past.
Falstone Court Care Home manager Beverley Thompson and deputy manager Bijumon Joseph in the home's old-fashioned shop that has been built to help residents with dementia remember their past.
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A TASTE of the past is being offered at a Sunderland care home to keep memories alive.

Falstone Court, in Roker, has launched an old-fashioned sweet shop as part of its efforts to help its residents fight dementia.

Deputy manager Bijumon Joseph worked alongside residents to design the shop, with the choice of traditional confectionery on display alongside old fashioned items including games, old newspapers and magazines, tea pots and weighing scales.

Bosses at the home say the shop will spark off the residents’ sense of taste and stimulate their memories, as well as providing enjoyment for their families and visitors.

The shop – which joins its sensory room which features coloured lights, textured furnishings and sounds – was opened by Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott. The ceremony was also attended by Councillor Barry Curran, Tyne and Wear Network Development Officer Angela Richardson, and care company HC-One’s quality assurance manager Margaret Roe, as well as representatives from social services.

The home’s manager Heather Knowles Sinclair, said: “We are delighted to have opened our corner shop. It is a brilliant addition to Falstone Court and Manor.”

Ms Elliott added: “I have been coming to Falstone for a long time now as my father lived here for a while and I am over the moon to say congratulations to Bijumon for the fantastic work he has done over the years and on his hard work in getting the corner shop up and running for his residents, a very well done.”

Bijumon, the home’s dementia champion has won awards for his work and fund-raised to give projects a boost,

He said: “I wanted to improve the quality of life for residents with dementia by creating projects and techniques and share my experience with others who wanted to make changes in their area.”