Care Home residents have their very own local

Residents at Hafod Care’s Brocastle Manor care home in Bridgend, South Wales can now enjoy a trip to the pub without leaving home!

The ‘Pen y Bont Inn’ was officially opened last week and residents and their families enjoyed a lovely evening complete with a barbeque in the garden.

Marc James, Deputy Manager at the home said:

“We are committed to promoting independence and well-being and many of our residents have mobility issues or are living with dementia so it can be difficult for them to make trips out. We have a lovely lounge which opens onto the garden so we decided to give it a makeover and turn it into a much more sociable space. Our new bar enables our residents and their families to enjoy a coffee, soft drink or their favourite tipple in a relaxing environment.”

Familiar surroundings can have a big impact on people living with dementia and can often help them to recall happy feelings and experiences.

Ronald aged 81 moved to Brocastle in April. Maureen, his wife of 61 years, and daughter visit him every week. Maureen said:

“The bar is an excellent idea. Ron has dementia and limited mobility so it’s difficult to take him out. Now we can easily pop to the bar and to him it feels just like we’re going out for the evening. It’s also a lovely way to get to know the other residents and their families.”

Mark added:

“We have further plans to make the Tal Y Bont more authentic including screening major sporting events to enable our residents to enjoy the atmosphere and excitement of a trip out on match day and there’s no distance at all to get home!