Suffolk Lodge residents go back in time

Optalis is working in partnership with Healthwatch Wokingham to trial a Rempod at Suffolk Lodge on Friday May 16 for residents, some of whom suffer with a form of dementia.

RemPods are scenes which 'pop' up and can help change the quality of life for people currently living in care homes who suffer from a form of dementia. They help enrich the care home space, providing a therapeutic and calming environment for residents. They also aid individuals with dementia to reminiscence about their life and experiences (linked with the Rempod theme).

Healthwatch Wokingham is the new, independent consumer champion for health and social care in the Borough. The organisation aims to listen, support, challenge, and report on behalf of members of the public.

From 3pm to 4.20pm on May 16, a Rempod depicting a cinema scene will be set up in the Suffolk Lodge main lounge for residents to interact with. In addition, members of Healthwatch Wokingham will be present to lead a discussion on dementia services.

Wendy Luck, Suffolk Lodge's Service Manager, said: "It's a really fun product and it should bring back a lot of happy memories for our residents. It's a talking point, and we are really looking forward to hosting the Rempod on Friday."

Award-winning Activities Coordinator, Rebecca Craker, who also works at Suffolk Lodge, said: "Any visual aids and stimulus promote conversation and recall memory in residents. We can all sit and watch a film and recall to a certain extent, but having a visual scene and an old-fashioned film and projector really helps to recreate that environment, making the activity a bit more special for the residents."

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