Disabled Living’s Dementia Tea Dance – Celebrating Our History of 120 Years
On Tuesday 4 July, Disabled Living hosted our very own 1940’s Dementia Tea Dance in coordination with Health Information Week. The aim of this event was to kick-start our celebrations for providing 120 years of service.
The event was for people with dementia and their carers to enjoy an afternoon filled with music by The Daisies. Many of our guests got into the celebratory spirit as they danced and sang to songs from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
Disabled Living hired The Daisies to perform at a 1940’s themed tea dance for people with dementia, their relatives and carers. This event was to mark the start of Disabled Living celebrating 120 years of providing services.
Debra Evans, Chief Executive of Disabled Living said:
It was essential we had a very interactive and upbeat performance as photographs and videos which we taken on the day will be used for social media and our website. In addition, Disabled Living have been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for a range of projects showcasing our history and this event will be captured within elements of these projects.
Our guests and staff absolutely loved the show The Daisies put on; their compilation of tracks was spot on, with an extremely polished and professional performance.
We were delighted to have representatives from Slater and Gordon Lawyers who came along to provide people with advice about wills, trusts and mental capacity issues. To ensure our guests, relatives and carers had up to date knowledge on the range of services available to support people with dementia we also welcomed our colleagues from the Alzheimer’s Society.
To fit into the 1940’s theme, we had vintage posters displayed around the room including ‘We Can Do It!’ and ‘Dig for Victory’.
Tea was served in our vintage tea pots and cakes were displayed on these lovely vibrant floral two-tier cake stands. The whole selection of food enjoyed by all included sandwiches, cakes, scones and of course, plenty of cups of tea and coffee. The china plates, cups and saucers made a wonderful contribution to our 1940’s theme.
Thank you to Le Mange Tout for your catering service – you never disappoint us.
Our guests also had the chance to experience our multi-sensory rooms to get a feel for the vibrant and relaxed atmosphere that they have to offer.
Members of staff happily joined in with the 1940’s theme and wore clothing which represented that era. Many of the female members of staff wore 1940’s cocktail dresses, polka-dot dresses, and another included a land girl outfit, with our hair styled in waves, curls, and rolls. Lawrence our caretaker suited up for the occasion too!
We would like to thank IAS, De Brook Lodge (Ideal Care Homes), all of our guests and members of staff who joined us to kick-start our celebrations for 120 years of providing services and being part of this special occasion.