Kimberley Court care home in Newquay has turned its ground floor into a high street of shops as part of a massive project to help residents with dementia.

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Josh Curnow officially opened Prosecco Street on Friday 22 September after staff at Anchor’s Kimberley Court have spent months turning rooms at the home into a bank, hairdressers, traditional sweet shop with jars of sweets and even a train station with a huge clock and a carriage. Residents can visit the street’s community centre which is decorated in photos from old Hollywood stars and where they can play snooker or darts or have a go on a slot machine.

The corridor linking all the shops has been decorated in brick wallpaper to add to the effect of walking down a local high street which even has its own telephone box with an old-fashioned phone.

There is also an allotment where residents grow vegetables which they can cook with the home’s chef in a 1950s-style kitchen.

Funding for the project came from Anchor’s legacy fund of bequests from residents who lived in the charity’s care homes or retirement housing properties in England as well as donations from staff, families and the local community.

Manager Michelle Wray said that the project had seen all the local community working together to provide a truly stimulating environment for residents with dementia.

She said: “All our activities are meaningful, and the street will enable the staff to engage on another level with residents who will recognise the street as it’s similar to the ones they used to shop in.

“The street will be used by small groups or for one-to-one sessions which can help residents on the difficult journey of living with a dementia.

“The street is the perfect location for reminiscence sessions but residents can also do arts and crafts, painting, gardening, cooking and baking and then go shopping, or have their hair or nails done at the hairdressers – just like they would have done when they were younger.

“Everyone has been so supportive and I’d like to thank the local companies who have been fantastic: Sharps Brewery, Wax Newquay, Sharon Rogers, The little Bakery, and the Newquay community Facebook page have supported our vision for the street.”

Phone 0800 731 2020 for more information on Anchor’s Kimberley Court.

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