Humphry Repton House has become one of the first dementia nursing homes in the country to have a fully-working nostalgic pub. Staff at the Bristol home opened the doors of the Humphry Repton Arms this week, to provide a stimulating community hub for residents and their families.
“It blurs the line between nursing home and normal life,” says Mike Jessup, Activities Coordinator. Mike and his colleague Nicola Taylor came up with the idea after seeing how much residents enjoyed the ‘pub afternoons’ they regularly held at the home.
“We’ve opened three times so far,” says Nicola, “and each time it has been relatives, staff and residents socialising together, there were no lines. Arthur spent all afternoon here with his daughters, and they said he was like a new man!”
The bar was built from scratch, while much of the nostalgic paraphernalia was donated by a former pub landlord who now lives at the home. Staff papered the walls and created the wood paneling to make it into an authentic pub. Visitors can play cards, darts, dominoes and other games, and choose tunes on the juke box. The bar is not licensed but does offer free drinks and snacks.
Nicola says: “We wanted it to be a real pub and for you to feel like you could walk up to the bar and get a pint, just like you would in your local.”
The nursing home, run by Bristol-based charity Milestones Trust, also has a nostalgic sweet shop and sensory garden for its 45 residents, who have moderate to advanced stages of dementia.
Milestones Trust is a Top 300 registered charity which runs a wide range of health and social care services to support people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health needs. Our work includes specialist residential and nursing care, supported living and dementia care, providing services to around 1,000 people in South West England. Find out more at www.milestonestrust.org.uk