Care home launches Reminiscence Cafe

Appleby Court home in Pemberton is holding a weekly memories cafe for older residents and activities co-ordinator Kerry Brown-Moore is seen with Mary Makin aged 103
Appleby Court home in Pemberton is holding a weekly memories cafe for older residents and activities co-ordinator Kerry Brown-Moore is seen with Mary Makin aged 103

WIGAN pensioners are being taken on a fun trip down Memory Lane.

Bosses at the Appleby Court care home have launched the Reminiscence Cafe which is full of artefacts to stimulate recollections of the residents’ pasts.

And the refurbished venue was given the perfect start with a 103rd birthday party thown by Mary Makin.

Activity co-ordinator at the Pemberton home Kerry Brown-Moore said: “It’s an ideal setting for both residents to come and relax but also to enjoy a get-together. Everybody really enjoyed having a do at the cafe for Mary’s birthday as it not only provided a special place to sit and have a bite to eat.

“But it also felt like a special place to hold such an occasion rather than the sitting room or dining room which the residents use everyday.”

The cafe is only open every Thursday but residents can sit and reminisce in it any time. Family and friends have donated memorabilia, including old newspapers, gas masks, a captain’s hat and many other significant artefacts from World War Two.

Kerry added: “We always welcome donations for the cafe. Any historic artefacts are so useful especially for our residents who suffer from dementia.

“They have found that looking at and discussing the old objects have helped to jog their memory and have increased their understanding of their surroundings.

“And not only have people with that condition benefitted, but all residents have enjoyed reliving their youth and have each remembered occasions within their life which have somewhat been forgotten.

“The cafe has already proven to be a huge success, I don’t know what we would do without it now.”