Vintage tearoom is memory trigger for dementia residents

Residents and staff at Highbeech in Dorset Road welcomed Bexhill Town Mayor Cllr Brian Kentfield for one of his first official functions since being elected. He performed the opening ceremony for the new vintage tearoom set in the care home’s gardens.

Decorated with memorabilia and bric-a-brac reminiscent of times gone by, the new tearoom will serve tea, coffee and homemade cakes, and be a place where residents can spend time with family and friends.

Manager Natalie Kent said: “We wanted to make the most of our beautiful garden, and the vintage tearoom will now be a wonderful place for our residents to enjoy. As most of them have dementia, the memorabilia and other decorations will help to trigger memories and create a relaxing and reassuring environment for them.”

As ‘Dementia Champion’, Natalie understands the value of using ‘retro decorating’ which helps dementia sufferers recognise items from days gone by. This assists them in identifying familiar items which trigger memories. She added: “It does take a little time and effort to find the right bits and pieces, but it’s so worth the effort. It’s really satisfying to see how just one simple item can bring back a host of memories.”