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Care home puts up ‘street signs’ to aid residents recall

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Street signs have been put up inside a Runcorn care home to help residents with dementia to navigate their way around.

A grant of from Halton Borough Council provided funding for the “authentic” street signs throughout Simonsfield Care Home, which help residents find their rooms. In addition, the signs are accompanied by decorated walls with brick effect and hanging baskets.

“The street signs have made a huge difference for our residents”

Debbie Smith

Since being installed at the facility on Boston Avenue in March, staff said they were finding that residents could now recognise which number and street name is theirs.

The idea follows similar initiatives involving changing how care homes look on the inside, where fake shops, pubs and even vintage train carriages have been set up inside to try and engage residents.

Debbie Smith, home manager at Simonsfield, which is owned by the Hill Care Group, said: “The street signs have made a huge difference for our residents, as they can recall the names of where they live within the home.

“The residents are calling their rooms by the street names they now live on, so 25 Cherryblossom Road, for example,” she said.

The residents are also able to recall the homes’ hair salon on Woodlands Lane and the tea room on Ivy Street because of the signs, added Ms Smith.

The names were suggested by staff and residents, with Ivy Street named after Ivy Shaw, a popular previous resident.

Ms Smith said: “We’d like to thank the Halton Borough Council community development team, who supported us with the grant application and sourcing the street signs.”

Halton Brook ward councillor Carol Plumpton-Walsh said the project, which was paid for with a £348 grant, helped residents “feel like their homes have an identity with the look and design of a local street”.

She said: “It’s important for all residents in the ward to feel part of the community of Halton Brook and this project supported the connection between residential care and the wider community.”

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