Mem­ory bus is a hit with el­derly

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A CARE home has bought a minibus so its res­i­dents can travel down mem­ory lane.

Prest­bury House, which looks af­ter res­i­dents with a range of care needs, in­clud­ing some liv­ing with de­men­tia, pur­chased the bus to al­low them to travel to places of per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance to them.

Res­i­dents have so far en­joyed vis­it­ing Wood­ford Gar­den Cen­tre, hav­ing pub lunches, go­ing to church coffee morn­ings and to Par­adise Mill and Art Gallery at the Silk Mu­seum.

Michelle Wal­ton and Katie Louram, leisure and well­ness co-or­di­na­tors at the home, are re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing the minibus trips.

Michelle said: “The res­i­dents were de­lighted to hear about the minibus and im­me­di­ately started sug­gest­ing places they would like to visit.

“This has also prompted con­ver­sa­tions and rem­i­nis­cences with res­i­dents in the home who are liv­ing with de­men­tia about places they re­mem­ber from their child­hood or younger years, many of which hold great sig­nif­i­cance for them.

“The minibus is a great way in which we can not only fa­cil­i­tate fun times out and about, but stim­u­late im­por­tant mem­o­ries for our res­i­dents too.”

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