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Mrs Barnes enjoys the party





Care Home Residents Celebrate Queens Time on the Throne (Again)

Date: 1st June 2012

Residents from the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society, many of whom remember the coronation in 1953 andtook part in jubileecelebrations in 1977, took a trip down memory lane at a street party today (Friday 1st June) to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

The home, which provides dedicated accommodation and nursing for former seafarers, and non-seafarers when able to, in Banstead, organised a festival of music, socialising, sandwiches and cakes at the event held in the communal garden for residents.

The care home recently opened a new dementia unit to care for upto 36 patients with the condition. Triggering memories is a key therapy for patients with the condition and the street party is a great way to remind residents of their childhood. Music and singing sessions in which residents are exposed to familiar songs from their past can help sufferers to connect with loved ones

The Society also creates 'memory boxes' for every resident whichcontain trinkets and photographs from their past to prompt memories.

Care Home Manager Anne Kasey said: "Triggering memories is key to dementia care and we use our resident's personal items to create comfort and familiarity and help them connect with loved ones. We wanted to have a jubilee event as we knew manyresidents would remember the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and even the coronation. Bringing back these memories can be really beneficial in the management of dementia making residents feel more at ease and confident."

Brian Boxall-Hunt, Chief Executive of the society, said: "I was the Navigating Officer on HMS Scylla at the Fleet Review at Spithead at the Silver Jubilee. Trying to get so many ships in such a small space was a tricky task and getting our anchor in the right place was extremely difficult. It was good fun, and we have had the same great fun at our street party today."

The Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society is a registered charity and was established in 1865. It is incorporated under a Royal Charter, with HRH the Princess Royal as its patron. It provides nursing, dementia and respite care to retired seafarers and residents of non-seafaring backgrounds from across the UK. Under the Royal Charter, 'seafarers' include Merchant Navy, Royal Navy, fishermen and port workers, as well as their widows, widowers or dependants.

For more information on Weston Acres or Belvedere House please contact the home on 01737 360106, or Mrs Margaret Brazier the Executive Assistant on 01737 353763.

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