Care home residents in Sheffield make memory boxes

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A firm which operates a chain of 11 residential care homes across Sheffield is encouraging residents living with dementia to create memory boxes.

The idea behind the boxes is that they will give residents a chance to share treasured moments from the past with family and loved ones.

And Sheffcare staff hope they will provide a valuable insight into the lives of the people they are working with.

Edna Newall, who is 102 years and a resident at Cotleigh Residential Home in Hackenthorpe, has been working on a memory box which she has shared with that she shared with her carer, Nicola Hetherington.

Cotleigh manager Rod MacAskill said memory boxes and life story books are a great way for the carers to understand more about residents and a great way to form relationships, especially when residents are new to the home.

“Each Cotleigh resident who lives with dementia now has a memory box outside,” he said.

“These boxes hold significant memorial items from the resident’s past, including family photos and ornaments.

“The boxes help recall fond memories and help inspire conversations with carers and their relatives.”