A care home in St Ann’s has converted their day room into a “pub” for their residents with dementia to capture the memories of going for a pint.
The care home, that looks after 42 residents, opened it’s doors to the pub on Wednesday (December 5th).
The Oaks care home has named the pub “The Royal Oaks” and it has authentic decorations and pub memorabilia that has been donated by sponsors to give it a more pub feel.
The pub received donations from Castle Rock Brewery in Nottingham and The White Hart pub inn,Norfolk, whose owners have family connections to The Oaks.
It is hoped that the pub will run off donations in the future.
The manger Anardeep Bhattal says the pub came after discussions with the residents as they wanted somewhere to “socialise, relax and spend time with their family members in a very informal way”.
“Age and disability should not be a barrier to doing things like going to the pub with family members” – Anardeep bHATTAL
Whilst alcohol will not be available to buy, Mr Bhattal said the idea came together on the basis of “community spirit” and the donations included a small stock of soft drink and decorations.
Video: Care Home opens pub for residents with dementia.
The care home is run by Nottingham City Council and has previously undergone a revamp which added 10 new beds.
It says that for people with dementia, a connection to the past can assist them with managing the present condition as reminiscence can give them a huge sense of comfort.
Mr Bhattal added: “I’m so proud of the work that everyone has put in to creating The Royal Oak.
“We carried out fund-raising activities to help pay for parts of it and the donations from breweries have been great at giving the pub a more authentic look and feel”.