08 Jan 2016
Thameside care home in West Molesey has opened a new pub so residents can enjoy a night out with a difference.
Discussions about the home creating its own pub followed a request from resident Andrew McGuiham, 67, who said he wanted to run a quiz night every Tuesday.
Mr McGuiham, who was the guest of honour at the opening, cut the ribbon at the ceremony.
Manager Sachin Rajkumarsingh said: “The residents here have lots of activities organised for them every day and we like to tailor them to needs and aspirations of our older people.
“So when Andrew asked to run quiz nights as part of the packed activities programme here we thought we would go one step further and open a pub! We already serve drinks with the evening meal if the residents want so having a pub was a natural extension of this.
“This is going to be a great meeting place for our residents to enjoy pub quizzes and other activities.
“It will also be used for one-to-one reminiscence sessions where residents will be able to talk to their carer about their memories of going to pubs when they were younger.
“We want our residents to have a happy time at Thameside so the pub is another service we provide along with our library, cinema and sensory room.”
Anchor, which runs Thameside, recently won the Best Care Home Group category in the National Care Awards 2015 for providing top quality care and innovative initiatives for its residents. These include the use of wi-fi and iPads, and advanced dementia care.