Building on the success of its 1950’s reminiscence High Street known as “Memory Lane”, Grove Care have just opened a 1950’s themed Hairdresser’s within its Specialist Dementia Care Home “The Grove” on the High Street in Winterbourne.
The Hairdresser’s, called “Fabulous”, has been designed in 1950’s décor, and has lots of period hairstyling products and photographs on display in the shop. This means the people who live at The Grove can enjoy the experience of visiting the hairdresser’s, and benefit from reminiscence therapy, which is so important to people who suffer from Dementia.
The Grove has been caring for people with dementia in Winterbourne for 25 years and have always been committed to offering the highest quality of care as well as adopting innovative approaches to improve the quality of life the people they care for.
As part of the goal to improve the quality of life for the people living at The Grove and its sister home Blossom Fields ‘Memory Lane’ was opened in September 2012. Memory Lane is a full size model of a Fifties village. A Post Office, shop and pub share the space around the lawn with a bus stop and a Fifties phone box.
This initiative has been incredibly well received by both the Care Industry and the Media, and has been featured on many Television and Radio programmes as well as the National press.
Evidence suggests that reminiscence therapy can lead to overall improvements in depression and loneliness and promote psychological well-being (Chiang et al, 2010) The Grove’s new Hairdresser’s develops this idea and provides the residents of the Grove with a chance to enjoy some pampering as well as stimulate some memories.