Reminiscence project aims to improve life for dementia care home residents

Bonnie Frear Camelot House and resident jean lee

Murals showing well-known Somerset landmarks have been installed at a specialist dementia care nursing home with the aim of empowering residents.   

The home, operated by Camelot Care, has had a large mural of Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor (pictured) installed at Camelot House in Wellington, which it says proving a firm favourite with residents, prompting them to share their memories.

Camelot Care operations manager, Clare Woodhead, has been following findings of research undertaken by Guys and St. Thomas’ Charity into the role of the arts in reminiscence, and how it can empower people with dementia.

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She said: “We showed the people who live with us a variety of different images to find out which ones they would enjoy seeing on the walls of their home. Wimbleball Lake was a firm favourite, and they are so happy to share their memories of it with us.”

“The pilot project run in London has provided good evidence that art can spark reminiscences in a way that measurably improves wellbeing in older people with dementia, and our new mural is certainly getting people talking,” said Woodhead.

As a result of the London study a range of practitioners are now using the arts in dementia care, with strong anecdotal evidence suggesting that this can be highly effective, the firm said.

Camelot House and Lodge is currently hosting a national initiative to bring volunteers into the home to assist residents in creating their own art. The plan is for this to be displayed in a local pop-up shop to highlight to the local community the opportunities for living well with dementia.

Camelot Care is currently installing a mural featuring the pier at Weston super Mare in its Avalon Nursing Home in Bridgwater, and an image of Plymouth Hoe at Freshfields in Plymouth.

Image: Bonnie Frear, deputy manager of Camelot House, with resident Jean Lee

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