Trafford Housing Trust

Residents with dementia step back in time

11 July 2017

We’re always looking at innovative ways to support our customers living with dementia, which sadly affects over 850,000 people in the UK.  That’s why we’ve opened a ‘Reminiscence Room’ at Fiona Gardens, our Extra Care scheme in Sale.

Transporting residents back in time, the Reminiscence Room replicates a 1950’s living room and is designed to provide a familiar space where people living with dementia can relax and connect with the past. The newly renovated space features items from the era, including a stereogram to play records, a sewing machine, typewriter and furniture donated from local residents. Even the wallpaper was aged to look authentic and complete the experience.   



The room is open to Fiona Gardens’ 71 residents and their families as well as the local community who are free to enjoy the facility, with plans to hold regular reminiscence sessions using stories, music and even smells from the era, such as popular ladies perfume.

 82-year-old Joy Fawkes who lives at Fiona Gardens commented on the new addition to the facility: “The Reminiscence Room is beautifully decorated and a nice place to sit and think. It reminds me of my childhood home and has a sewing machine just like the one my mum used to take up the hems on my dresses. The radiogram brings back fond memories of the one which used to hold all my dad’s records.”

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Future plans for our independent living service, TrustCare, includes building a Reminiscence Room or area in each of our nineteen sheltered schemes over the next 12 months. We’ll also be introducing Memory Cafés across Trafford as a welcoming space for people with dementia and their family and carers, while partnering with specialist dementia organisations to provide information about their services.

Other ways TrustCare is supporting people with dementia include having 25 members of staff trained as Dementia Friends Champions through Alzheimer's Society to help spread awareness and promote inclusion for people living with dementia.

As part of our Alert and response telecare service, we also offer GPS tracking monitors to provide peace of mind for friends and family of those living with dementia who are at risk of wandering. We’re also completing the Cheshire Police vulnerable adult missing persons forms for all the people living with dementia in our sheltered and Extra Care schemes to assist care workers, partner agencies and the police should a resident get lost.

We also recently launched our over 50s club, Be Social, which encourages members to take part in activities and events to increase wellbeing, improve memory and reduce loneliness as was making friends, trying new things and having fun.

Take a look inside our Reminisence Room here, in a feature on BBC North West news:

 To arrange to visit the Reminiscence Room, please contact Elaine Craven at or call 0300 777 2777. For more information about TrustCare visit  



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