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Lincoln care home residents living with dementia receive replica bus-stop for their garden

13 Apr 2017

Stagecoach East Midlands responded to a request from a local Lincoln care home to provide them with a replica bus stop and timetable for their residents.

The bus operator donated the unique gift to Bernadette House Care Home this week after being contacted by the home to help with a bus stop for inclusion in the reminiscence garden.

The majority of residents at Bernadette House are living with Dementia but before they came to the care home, they used to use their local bus service on a regular basis. Many continue to walk around the home looking for the bus stop.

Staff at Bernadette House work with residents on a regular basis practicing Reminiscence Therapy. This type of therapy encourages discussion of past activities; events and experiences that help people reconnect with their former lives.  By providing a bus stop and timetable, Stagecoach East Midlands are hoping to bring some familiarity and comfort to the residents.

Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “When Bernadette House Care Home approached us with the idea of providing a replica bus stop for the residents, we were more than happy to assist. We hope that the bus stop will provide residents with some familiarity and will help them during their Reminiscence Therapy.”

The bus stop has been placed in the corner of the garden next to a bench so residents can relax in comfort.

Elizabeth Stephens, Owner of Bernadette House Care Home, said: “We’re absolutely delighted Stagecoach were kind enough to provide us with a bus stop for our reminiscence garden. It’s a fabulous addition to the home and has triggered many fond memories of past bus journeys with friends and family for our residents.”

Bernadette House Care Home is situated in an acre of gardens to the south of Lincoln City Centre. The 30 bedroom home offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and residents can take part in a wide range of activities.