Edwardstow Court in Stow-on-the-Wold bought the seaside to their residents for Dementia Action Week (20th – 26th May).

The seaside is a place many of our residents would have visited during the summer over the years but may not have the opportunity to visit now. Our residents who are living with dementia may struggle to recall insignificant or short-term memories but the smell and feel of the seaside may spark memories from the past.

The garden at Edwardstow was set up with a paddling pool for residents to dip their toes in, plus a sand pit with buckets and spades, and the team made hats out of handkerchiefs for the residents to wear. There was also a card making station which included shells, so that residents could have a go at being creative.

Lunch was fish and chips served in old-fashioned chip paper, just like what our residents would have been used to back when they would sit on the sea front.

In the afternoon children from Stow primary joined us to dip their toes in the paddling pool. The children all brought along something that reminded them of the seaside, the children then showed this to our residents. Some of the children brought shells or items they have found by the sea and some had books which talked about the seaside and holidays.

The ice cream van pulled up outside and all the residents and children enjoyed a traditional ice cream in the sun. Mindsong also joined us and everyone enjoyed a sing along with holiday themed songs, ‘oh we do like to be beside the seaside’.

Residents at Edwardstow had the opportunity to chat to each other, the school children and the team about their memories of going to the British seaside and the times they have been abroad. It was a great day for everyone.

Gemma Joynes the activities co-ordinator said “We had a wonderful day full of fun, laughter, singing and reminiscence. We were very lucky to have beautiful sunshine on the day and I hope to make it an annual event here at Edwardstow Court”.