Wedding-themed memory box helping people living with dementia in Hartlepool

Field View care home staff member Anne Sproates (left) with residents (left to right) Joyce Young, Jim Brown and Sylvia churchill alongside the memory wedding box.
Field View care home staff member Anne Sproates (left) with residents (left to right) Joyce Young, Jim Brown and Sylvia churchill alongside the memory wedding box.

A care home has scooped an award for its latest project.

Staff, residents and families of the Field View Care Home in Blackhall are thrilled that their wedding-themed memory box has won a regional award.

Field View care home resident Sylvia Churchill with a item from  the memory wedding box.

Field View care home resident Sylvia Churchill with a item from the memory wedding box.

Field View, a 38-bedded home which offers residential care for the elderly and those living with dementia, created their winning wedding-themed reminiscence box with the help of staff, residents, families and visitors who donated items.

Residents discussed memories of their own wedding day and attending the weddings of others to come up with ideas.

Items included traditional good luck charms, a vintage fine bone china tea set and silver cutlery that would have been used at the wedding dinner, wedding photos and clothing, including a 1960’s wedding dress, veils and garters.

While the bride is usually the star of the day, the gents at Field View also contributed with traditional groom attire, tie pin and cuff links also included.

Our residents had lots of stories and tales to tell.

Michelle Howarth

The competition, dubbed the ‘Memory Box Challenge’, was organised by UK Care Providers the Maria Mallaband Care Group and Countrywide Care homes to launch the start if their Dementia Strategy Project 2016.

The group’s 70 care homes across England, Scotland and Ireland took part with each given a budget of £50 to produce a memory box containing a collection of items to help stimulate activity, conversation and positive feelings and memories.

The final decision on winners was made based on the content, smells and tastes included, level of activity and involvement of residents and families, its usefulness in future on-going reminiscence activity and the ability to pass on the box as an activity resource to share with other homes.

Home manager Michelle Howarth, said: “Whilst having a great deal of fun and a great talking point around our home we also discovered that our residents had lots of stories and tales to tell of times gone by.

Field View care home resident Sylvia Churchill with a item from  the memory wedding box.

Field View care home resident Sylvia Churchill with a item from the memory wedding box.

“The memory box brought back many happy memories for our residents. They were enthralled by the beauty of the present day wedding gowns included in our display. The ladies compared them to those which they had worn on their own wedding day, many of our ladies were married in suits as the war years were a time of great austerity and the rationing of goods was enforced.

“Field View’s wedding memory box has proved to be a great asset to our home and we are thrilled to have taken part in this challenge.”