As part of Local History month, residents at Walberton Place Care Home have been enjoying reminiscing sessions with the support of their families and loved ones. The team at the care home near Arundel asked families to send in photos and stories to help staff get to know people better and to use for reminiscing activities.
The initiative has produced fascinating stories and sparked many interesting conversations. The family of Patricia Morrison (84) shared a wonderful photo of her on a beach in Singapore. It was taken in 1954 when she was 18 years old. Together with her parents, she moved to Singapore from Wallasey Cheshire in 1953. Her father worked at Pasir Panjang power station as an engineer. It was to be the first of two periods of her living there.
The photos have sparked some wonderful memories and have been a great opportunity for reminiscing. “We know that reminiscing is a great opportunity to form new friendships and connections between residents in the home.” Explained Home Manager Luis Maia. “Talking about past experiences helps us to get to know people and provide more ‘person-centred’ or personalised care.”
To help with the project, families have been asked to share any photos of their loved ones and of the towns and villages where they grew up. Organised by the Historical Association, Local History month aims to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate. It is a great way for groups to highlight local history and for local people to get involved.