Residents and staff at Anchor’s West Hall care home in West Byfleet today (1 July) celebrated the opening of a new lodge to support older people and those living with dementia.

Betty Morgan, who was among the first to move in to West Hall when it was opened by Anchor’s patron HRH Princess Alexandra in 2012, did the honours to declare Maple Lodge officially open.

The new lodge includes nostalgia corners where residents with dementia can enjoy reminiscence therapy, decorated with iconic memorabilia to spark memories so that carers and residents can talk about their life experiences.

It also incorporates dementia design features to aid recognition, such as patterned tactile panels around doors, distinct colour schemes on each floor and memory boxes at the entrance of each room for residents to fill with personal items.

West Hall manager Kate Desmond said: “As the population gets older, more people will need personally tailored care and our new Maple Lodge will enable us to help them live happily and independently as much as possible.

“The lodge is really beautifully decorated to make it somewhere people feel relaxed and at home, and close to all our central facilities like the library, salon and bistro so that residents can really make the most of later life.”

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