Sunrise of Hale Barns care home has opened a bar within ‘Reminiscence’, its Memory Care Neighbourhood. This is a dedicated neighbourhood for residents living with dementia.
The new bar has been set up to emulate a traditional pub with bottle fridges, a working jukebox and beer pumps. The Sunrise of Hale Barns team in ‘Reminiscence’ run the bar, and the residents have ‘happy hour’ from 7pm-8pm. The bar was custom built and they serve a range of drinks in pint glasses, gin glasses and wine glasses. Residents also enjoy listening to their favourite songs on the jukebox.
For a lot of the residents, the pub was an integral part of their week in their younger years. Having this facility on site in their home has proved to be a fantastic way of lifting their spirits and encouraging interaction with their fellow residents.
Sharon Parkes, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Hale Barns, said:
“Our new bar has been such a success amongst the residents, it’s so lovely they can use it to socialise. This also means they can re-live the days when going to their local pub was a real source of enjoyment, something that for many was embedded in their weekly routine and remembered with great fondness.
“The option of a bar onsite exemplifies the values we look to achieve for residents. Enabling choice and nurturing their spirit is hugely important in all the activities and facilities we provide.”