Pioneering Memory Cafe changing lives

Pioneering Memory Cafe changing lives zoom

A pioneering initiative for people living with dementia has been launched at the award winning Bridge House care home.

The Butterfly Cafe is designed to create an environment where people living with dementia can enjoy social activities with carers and members of the wider community.

“We are pleased and proud to be able to share the wonderful facilities we have at Bridge House and the Riverly Club with people in our community,” said Riverly Club and lifestyles manager, Chantelle Merritt.

“It’s been really special to create a space that’s so welcoming and friendly, where people living with memory loss can enjoy meaningful experiences together.

“Seeing so many lovely new friendships forming between residents and people from the community is very rewarding and we are so excited to see these continue and develop.”

Through the Friends of Bridge House initiative, the care home has established connections with 63 organisations, including local businesses, groups, societies, and volunteers.

From flower and craft workshops to physical fitness games, bingo, quizzes, and seasonal celebrations, the Memory Cafe offers a diverse range of activities tailored to the residents’ interests and abilities.

In addition to the existing activities, upcoming sessions will feature music therapy and move-to-music fitness classes, providing participants with therapeutic opportunities for expression, movement and social interaction.

The Memory Cafe will also offer training and support workshops for carers, ensuring they receive the necessary tools and resources to provide the best care for their loved ones.

One of the highlights of the initiative has been the opportunity for residents to spend time with members of the community and create new friendships.

This effort to integrate Bridge House, a luxury 71-bed care home providing high quality residential, nursing, dementia and palliative care, into the heart of the community has been recognised by Carebase.

The specialist care home provider hailed this initiative as the winner of their ‘Make a Difference’ challenge which they ran across their 14 care homes.

Care home manager Marta Leszko concluded: “The Memory Cafe initiative reflects Bridge House care home’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents living with dementia and fostering a sense of belonging within the community.

“Our innovative approach to dementia care and community engagement helps us to lead the way in providing compassionate and comprehensive support for residents and their loved ones, who are all part of the wider Bridge House family.”