While residents of a specialist dementia Gwynedd care home may find getting to the local pub difficult, staff, businesses, and members of the community have gone the extra mile to help bring the pub to them.
Meddyg Care’s Porthmadog home has installed new facilities for its occupants, recreating a traditional lounge bar and adding new garden facilities to allow for family gatherings to take place on the site’s grounds.
The home’s pub, named the Glaslyn Arms after the estuary which runs alongside Porthmadog, allows residents to enjoy alcohol-free beers, wines, ciders, and spirits while also taking in occasions such as sporting events and pub quizzes in a safe environment.
Natasha Evans, activities and fundraising manager for Meddyg Care, said: “We were keen to add a pub to the Porthmadog site after seeing how much of an impact the bar made towards the wellbeing of our residents over in our Criccieth home.
“We put up messages on social media asking if anyone had pub items or memorabilia they could part with, and it was encouraging to have so many messages from local pubs and the community willing to help make the site a reality.
“The tenants have thoroughly enjoyed the spot and sharing fond moments with their loved ones since we’ve opened the doors, and we look forward to running more gatherings in the Glaslyn Arms in the near future.”
Cat Beckett, who works for Robinsons Brewery and runs the Tu Hwnt I’r Afon Inn in Rhydyclafdy, also supplied brass plates, pump badges, mirrors, and drip trays to further model the Glaslyn Arms into an accurate recreation of a traditional pub.