A care home in Epsom has marked the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings in true 1940s style with a great British tea party.
With many residents who lived through WWII, the team at Linden House were keen to mark the historic day with a vibrant celebration.
The care home on College Road specialises in supporting those living with dementia and reminiscing about the past is a key feature of its activities programme. Reminiscence therapy has been proven to be particularly beneficial for those living with dementia, with the ability to boost wellbeing and reduce feelings of stress.
Keen to evoke happy memories of street parties and celebrations at the end of the war, the team at Linden House recreated a 1940’s style tea party. Union Jack flags and bunting adorned the walls while residents dance along to songs from the forces sweetheart Vera Lynn.
To add to the authenticity of the occasion, the Epsom and Ewell branch of Age Concern UK kindly loaned the home some beautiful china tea sets. While sat at beautifully decorated tables, residents enjoyed a fabulous afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and egg custard tarts.
Linden House’s activities coordinator, Pip, said: “Our residents thoroughly enjoyed the experience of helping themselves and pouring their own tea from the lovely teapots into the gorgeous tea sets kindly loaned by Age UK. Many of them admired the crockery and were turning the pieces over to check the markings. It was nice to see them passing things around and helping others.”
One of the Linden House residents added: “The teacups are very pretty and nice to drink out of. I really enjoyed all the dancing too!”
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