Sunderland grans getting glamourous with special pamper sessions

Mary Minto, 83, enjoying a pamper session.
Mary Minto, 83, enjoying a pamper session.
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City grans are getting glamourous makeovers with special pamper sessions.

As part of their care being offered at Seafarers Way, Moor Terrace, a specialised housing scheme for people with dememtia, residents can enjoy a range of beauty treatments.

The treatments are lovely.

Mary Minto

To help the pensioners feel their best, the treatments, delivered by carers from Housing & Care 21, include hair styling and nail painting, and are offered each week as part of a wide-ranging programme of care and entertainment on offer at the scheme.

The beauty therapy is offered in addition to an almost daily programme of entertainment, including movie afternoons, musical entertainment from live acts and baking classes to ensure that every day is entertaining for residents.

Many of the activities organised by the Seafarers Way team are designed specifically for people living with dementia, with reminiscence being a key focus, to help evoke positive memories.

Dale Thompson, director of housing and maintenance services at Inclusion Housing, which runs Seafarers Way, said: “While the activities we organise are designed to be fun and light-hearted, there is also a more serious side to them.

“For people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, activities that remind them of the past are not only entertaining, they also help them to reminisce about days gone by, aiding their recollection of the past.

“Watching old films, getting dressed up as they may have done before an evening out, and baking as they might have done to feed the family, are all ways of unlocking happy memories.

Resident Mary Minto, 83, enjoys her pamper sessions, she said: “T he treatments are lovely. There are lots of activities arranged for us, and this one is really popular with us ladies in Seafarers Way, giving us a chance to get dressed up and feel a bit glamorous for the day.”

Seafarers Way, which opened in September 2014, offers 38 custom-built one and two bedroom apartments, for people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Only seven apartments remain vacant.

The scheme was commissioned by Sunderland City Council, and is one of nine developments in the city.