Residents from Ashworth Grange residential and dementia care home in Dewsbury enjoyed a day out last week when they visited the nostalgic Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall. The trip was organised by staff at the home after residents had suggested visiting in a recent Social Committee Meeting.
Residents stepped back in time and wandered round the recreated Victorian streets of Leeds, peeking into the old fashioned shops and houses. This sparked a lot of chatting and reminiscence from the residents, particularly Brenda Prentice, who has lived in West Yorkshire all her life. Brenda remarked how it brought back fond memories when she explored the cobbled streets of the museum, and perused the familiar memorabilia.
Brenda had a great time exploring the Childhood Galleries and popping old pennies into the slot machines. She said “Life has changed so much and visits like this bring back such great memories. We used to work so hard and in not very pleasant conditions. It is fun to reminisce but I will be pleased to get back home!”.
After spending some time in the museum, the group admired the view of the Abbey complete with the colourful leaves which are plentiful at this time of year. Yvonne Mulholland, Regional Activities Executive for Ashworth Grange, is a great believer in activities being at the heart of care, and was thrilled when the idea of visiting Abbey House Museum came up. She said “We take regular trips out and have recently been to Nostell Priory and Oakwell Hall, but I was most excited about Abbey House Museum as I knew it would evoke some great memories for our residents. Staff on the trip enjoyed listening to the stories of old times, and it really strengthened their bond with the residents. Everyone had a great time!”
Ashworth Grange provides residential and dementia care for 64 local older people. Through a varied programme of in-home activities and trips out, the home provides residents with person-centred care, creating aspirational lifestyle choices. The residents had such a great time, they have already started planning their next trip!