A trip down memory lane

Vintage train carriage aids people with dementia

A vintage train carriage has been built at a Gloucestershire care home to help calm residents with dementia.

Designed by RemPods, and made to look like an old-fashioned locomotive; the carriage features luggage racks, a table and opposite-facing seats. The window is replaced with a 60-inch TV screen showing footage from a real train journey.

Residents are even treated to afternoon tea as they 'travel' - served by carers acting as train stewards.

It is installed in the new Railway Room at Scarlet House, near Stroud, and was funded in part by Dragon's Den stars, Deborah Meaden and Peter Jomes after the idea featured on the show in 2013.

The room boasts a traditional train waiting area filled with vintage suitcases, posters, signs, tickets and leaflets.

Jim Macleod, customer relations manager at the home, which is run by Care UK, said: "The response has been absolutely fantastic. The residents are really enjoying the feature.

"It is a real experience for their relatives as well. They can come and sit down, have afternoon tea with their loved ones and have a good chat.

"It brings back memories and has a very calming effect. If someone is quite anxious it is a great place for them to sit, with the moving pictures in the background.

"The residents start reminiscing about the holidays they used to go on and it can take their minds off things.

"These sorts of spaces are a great addition to any care home. Anything that evokes memories of times gone by can be really important to someone living with dementia. They can go back in time."

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