When Age UK asked older people with dementia what would improve their quality of life, the answers were relatively surprising.
There were some obvious ones of course, such as a quicker diagnosis and more support, but the emphasis was just as high on providing them with opportunities to take part in activities with the people that that they love. Activities they were always able to participate in easily before.
We know the importance of this at Peverel Court Care. We invest a lot of time and effort into creating activities and events that our residents can enjoy with their families. Our Annual Summer Party is an occasion enjoyed by all, and we regularly take our residents and their families into the local community – sometimes to watch films at the local cinema.
When we decided to expand Bartlett’s Residential Care Home, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to provide even more opportunity for good times, and we are doing this in a particularly special way. Since our residents enjoy watching films and visiting the cinema so much, we are building a dedicated cinema room on our premises.
Films are a glorious thing. They can be funny, entertaining or nostalgic. They have the capacity to improve the mood of a person – to leave a lasting impression or alter the way someone thinks or feels.
For people with dementia they are even more special. When people have lost some of their short-term memory, it’s important that they have the chance to revisit the old times. Whether that’s through watching films they remember they loved or revisiting eras they recall from when they were younger, we want to be able to offer this to our residents.
Families are welcome too, of course. There aren’t many people who don’t count visiting the cinema or watching movies amongst their hobbies. The local community and family members will be invited to special screenings in our cinema, and our residents will be allowed to choose which films we show. We hope that this will significantly enhance the quality of life those we give care and support to.
Our cinema is set to open in October and we can’t wait. There’ll be a theme to the evening, which we haven’t decided on yet. If you have any ideas, we would love to hear them. You can share them with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your suggestions and we’ll definitely consider the best ones!