A nostalgia shop at a Care UK care home has opened its doors for business.

The store at Davers Court in Bury St Edmonds was officially launched by Care UK’s regional director Phillip Steyn (pictured right with home manager Wendy Harvey).

Wendy said: “We are delighted to have opened the doors to our very own village shop, with its traditional look and feel, it has created a buzz around the care home and it is fast becoming a hub of activity here at Davers Court.

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“What’s more, residents are really benefiting from the responsibility of running their own store, as well as having the independence to purchase their own essentials and not have to rely on others.

“It has also been a valuable reminiscence project. Capturing and preserving memories can trigger an emotional response that can effectively help someone living with dementia by creating a sense of familiarity and comfort while feeling that they remain part of the outside world.”

Davers Court residents are being encouraged to work at the shop to help encourage their independence as part of an ongoing project to provide a dementia friendly environment at the home.

The store includes traditional confectionery, books, stationery and toiletries, and has its own vintage-style record player.


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