Step back in time at Downham Market home’s new lounge

Downham Grange care home unveils its retro lounge
Lauren Woodcock and Adam Titcomb
Downham Grange care home unveils its retro lounge Lauren Woodcock and Adam Titcomb

Visitors and residents to a care home in Downham turned back the clock at an open day on Saturday.

Downham Grange unveiled its new retro lounge to members of the public and clients, which aims to help remind residents of the past.

Downham Grange care home unveils its retro lounge
Adam Titcomb

Downham Grange care home unveils its retro lounge Adam Titcomb

Staff also donned clothes from the rock and roll era for the occasion to really get into the spirit of the 1950s.

Manager of the home in Clackclose Road Peter Barlow said: “The open day was a great success. I showed more than 30 people around the home during the afternoon.”

The new lounge, full of items from the era, is designed to bring back memories for its residents, some of whom are living with dementia.

Mr Barlow, who was helped in the project by activities co-ordinator Bex Horsbrugh, said: “Staff combed auctions and bric-a-brac shops to find suitable old gramophones, records and radios. We also put up vintage pictures.”

Downham Grange care home unveils its retro lounge
Lauren Woodcock

Downham Grange care home unveils its retro lounge Lauren Woodcock

He said encouraging reminiscence was an important way of bringing back precious memories to people living with dementia.

Staff at the home are still looking for more items of memorabilia and say that any donations would be welcomed.

Mr Barlow previously said “the dream” would be to find an old jukebox.

“I would appeal to the public to kindly donate items of memorabilia. We are looking for anything from 1950s clothes to items of furniture,” he said.

Downham Grange care home unveils its retro lounge

Downham Grange care home unveils its retro lounge

Anyone who is willing to donate memorabilia is asked to call Mr Barlow on 01366 387054.

Caption: Maintenance man Adam Titcombe and support worker Lauren Woodcock dressed the part for the unveiling of the homes retro lounge. Photo: SUBMITTED.

Caption: Maintenance man Adam Titcombe and support worker Lauren Woodcock dressed the part for the unveiling of the homes retro lounge. Photo: SUBMITTED.