PATIENTS suffering from dementia can take a trip down memory lane with a collection of household relics from the 1930s.
Residents of Chestnut Lodge, in Woodfield Road, Ealing, now have daily reminiscence therapy sessions in the museum room which opened a few weeks ago. It holds about 300 items including old typewriters, Polaroid cameras and wireless radios, which are used to prompt old memories.
Lukasz Hyjek, who runs the sessions, said: “It's just amazing. They're coming back to the time they used to know. We talk about the past to find the trigger to encourage their memories. We sit in a circle in the museum room talking about the objects and later they start to come back to personal memories. It's quite rare to have this kind of room at a care home.”
Local historian David Blackwell, of Cuckoo Lane, Hanwell, who donated the relics, said: “I began collecting the items since 2002 from the fortnightly boot sales in Hanwell opposite Brentside High School. I had all this stuff in my garage and green house just sitting there and now it's helping the people at the care home. It's all about saving our past for future generations to enjoy.”
The care home, with 64 permanent patients all aged over 70, is run by Viridian Housing on behalf of Ealing Council.