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Mayor opens "pub" at Hawthorne Court

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A new "pub" for residents of Hawthorne Court, Hampshire County Council's nursing home in Sarisbury Green, opened its doors this week.

The "pub" is part of Hawthorne Court's programme to make the environment at the home more dementia friendly by providing the opportunity for recreation and reminiscence. Reminiscence can be a very effective way of communicating with people with dementia at the same time as empowering them and improving their wellbeing.

Hawthorne Court manager, Kerry Bean said, "We have created a permanent replica pub in one of our communal rooms. Our residents are very excited about the new pub and have been voting to decide upon its name, which is The Duck and Deer.

I was previously involved with the installation of a similar pub at another Hampshire County Council residential home, Marlfield in Alton and it was very successful so I am confident the Duck and Deer will become a beneficial and well-used part of Hawthorne Court."

Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Cllr Liz Fairhurst, said, "The Duck and Deer opening at Hawthorne Court is just one example of the work happening across Hampshire to make it a more dementia friendly county, such as dementia friendly high streets in Fareham, Lyndhurst, Romsey, Fleet and Alton where local businesses are signing up to training to help support people with dementia and displaying dementia friendly stickers signifying that their business is working hard to create an inclusive and supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers."

The Mayor of Fareham, Cllr David Norris officially opened the pub on Wednesday evening and joined residents and staff to celebrate. Cllr David Norris said, "I am delighted to have been asked to open the Duck and Deer here at Hawthorne Court. The replica room really does look and feel like a pub and I'm sure it will be helpful in the person-centred reminiscence therapy for residents here as well as a super recreational facility."

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