Olton care home hosts first Forget Me Not Café - The Solihull Observer

Olton care home hosts first Forget Me Not Café

Solihull Editorial 1st Feb, 2024   0

AN OLTON care home opened its doors to help families dealing with dementia at its first Forget Me Not Café.

The cafe aims to provide a supportive community for relatives of residents at Claridge Place and in the community.

The launch event at the Warwick Road home opened with a performance by classical singer Samantha, who took attendees on a nostalgic journey down memory lane.

Samantha also fulfilled a resident’s wish by singing their favourite song, Country Road.

The event included a raffle featuring generously donated items, including a wash and blow-dry by the in-house hairdresser and a gel manicure from the resident beautician.

Care team member Rachel contributed by crafting homemade forget-me-not and keyrings to raise funds.

Rachel and Amanda, two members of the care team, led the launch of the Forget Me Not Café, ensuring a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Families were also provided with Dementia UK support books, offering insights on how to cope with a loved one living with dementia.

The Forget Me Not Café strives to create a safe and supportive environment, providing connections among families facing similar challenges.

James Morris, senior general manager at Claridge Place, said: “We were delighted to launch our Forget Me Not Café, and it was a huge success.

“We have a dedicated team here at Claridge Place, and we all, together, share a passion for providing the best level of care for all of our residents.

“This extends to our relatives. We are pleased that we can offer a safe space for our families and members of the community.

“We are here to support, guide, and care. Our Forget Me Not Café will be hosted once a month at Claridge Place and will become a permanent fixture for our community.”


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