Gracewell of Newbury opens dementia-friendly coffee shop and boutique

Gracewell of Newbury opens dementia-friendly coffee shop and boutique

Residents at Gracewell of Newbury can now enjoy cakes, yoghurts, fruit and other treats in the new Memory Care coffee shop and boutique – opened with some of the proceeds of Head Chef Adriano Carvalho’s Care Dine With Me 2018 prize money.

The coffee shop space will also be used for fun activities, including arts and crafts, while over in the boutique, clothes, trinkets, hats, bags and other accessories can be purchased. There are plans to incorporate a residents’ art gallery and to sell cards designed by Newbury’s very own residents.

Every other week, Newbury will also hold a Dementia Friends Information Session in the coffee shop for members of the community and care staff in and around the area to drop in on. The sessions, which are part of a national Alzheimer’s Society initiative, will give local people the chance to increase their understanding of dementia and the small things they can to support those living with memory loss, whilst getting to experience Newbury’s coffee shop first-hand.

After winning last year’s Care Dine With Me competition – brought to the industry by Kerrymaid, Bidfood and Care Home Catering magazine – Adriano was pleased to allocate some of the £5,000 first prize to developing the two spaces. He is delighted to report that the residents are “really enjoying” the new facilities.

The dedicated spaces at the home are part of Gracewell of Newbury’s thriving plan to make its Memory Care unit even more dementia-friendly, with the relaxed space of the coffee shop having been designed with the consideration of accessibility for those living with memory loss. For example, there is a cake display fridge designed with light colours to make it easier for residents to choose what they would like to eat, a wooden picnic basket, and the redirection of all lights for better visualisation. The overall look and feel of the boutique have also been planned carefully, with the placement of items and its aesthetic design aimed at stimulating the memories of residents by recreating the experience of being in a shop. The whole space is wheelchair-friendly, ensuring that as many Newbury residents as possible can enjoy treating themselves to something in the boutique.

After speaking to residents at the community’s regular resident meetings, Newbury’s Heads of Department were interested to hear suggestions on what more they can do to ensure those living with dementia live happy and fulfilled lives. The resulting coffee shop and boutique will now be run by existing Memory Care staff as well as Activities Co-ordinator Sandra Vilaca.

Gracewell of Newbury provides high quality, personalised nursing, residential, dementia and respite care, in a luxury environment where every resident is provided and cared for with their individual needs in mind. Its Memory Care household offers stand-alone spaces that are designed to meet the specific needs of those living with memory loss, with fun and stimulating activities on offer.

Evonne Burch, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Newbury, says: “We are always delighted to hear more about how we can develop different areas around the home, and we instantly thought that this project was a wonderful idea. Residents have already been enjoying both spaces and we love seeing the smiles on their faces.”

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