Wartime memories recalled during dignity day

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CARE home residents stepped back in time as part of a nationwide campaign to respect the elderly.

Around 20 users of the Field View care home, in Hesleden Road, Blackhall, attended a 1940s tea dance at the home which was held during Dignity Action Day earlier this month.

The women at the home had the chance to get their hair done by a hairdresser and also applied lipstick, while the men put on their best suits.

High tea was also served, with cakes and sandwiches, and many of the residents joined in the fun with a singalong to the sounds of Glenn Miller and music from the era.

The home’s manager Marie Ramshaw said: “It was quite a success.

“We have dignity champions within the home all year round and this includes spending quality time with residents.

“Quite a lot of the residents talked about when they used to go dancing at the Queens Rink, in Hartlepool, and how when they couldn’t get nylon stockings during the war, they used teabags to stain their legs.

“The conversations were really nice.

“Everyone from residents to staff had a wonderful time.”

Dignity Action Day aims to ensure people in care are treated as individuals, are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives and are provided with stimulating activities.