Castlegate Helps Care Home

14th February, 2020

AN OLD fashioned sweet shop has opened at a Thornaby care home thanks to donations from Castlegate.

We were thrilled to donate a fully working till and a hamper full of goodies to Mandale House Care Home.

The home, which specialises in dementia care, has spent several weeks building the shop in the dementia suite, to provide a therapeutic activity for residents, who have been enjoying visits to buy their favourite bon bons and liquorice torpedoes.

Having an old-fashioned shop onsite can spark fond memories for those living with dementia, helping to improve mood and general wellbeing.

Chantal Taylor, Marketing and Communications Manager for Castlegate, visited the home for the official opening.

She said: “When I heard about the shop, I thought it was a great idea, and we’re so glad that Castlegate could help. As the heart of the community, we try and do as much as possible to help all sectors across the local area.  

“I was delighted to be asked to open the shop. I loved seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents as they were buying their favourite sweets.”

Marilyn Leeson, daughter of Mandale House Care Home resident Brenda Turner, has volunteered to run the sweet shop.

She said: “My mum thinks it’s a great idea and is looking forward to buying her sweets from the shop.”

Tracy Wilson, activities coordinator at the home, said: “We’re overwhelmed with the generosity of Chantal and Castlegate Shopping Centre and the new sweet shop is already proving very popular among the residents.

“Something as seemingly simple as a shopping trip can have a powerful effect on those living with dementia, as it can bring back fond, calming memories.

“Buying sweets puts a smile on everyone’s faces and that’s the same for those living with dementia. It can help lift their mood and boost their general wellbeing.

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