Mock Street Scene at Craddock House Nursing Home, Naas, County Kildare
A concept in senior care homes is to create stimuli in the nursing home environment which benefits the well-being of residents and creates elements of 'home'. Sensory gardens and indoor sensory areas have proven to be hugely beneficial, particularly for residents coping with Dementia.
The owners of Craddock House (Bríd and Karl Gallagher) decided to build a strong visual sensory area in their Dementia Care unit for the purpose of creating a stimulating space for residents and a place to reflect, relax and enjoy.
They engaged local craft-person Kevin O'Rourke of Country Kitchens (Ballymare Eustace) to design and build a streetscape of old shopfronts that included; a Post Office, Flower Shop, Sweet Shop/Ice Cream Parlour, General Mercantile, Garage, Pub, Antiques Shop and a functioning Hairdressers. Mock cottage facades and walls formed part of the new streetscape.
Our brief was to create striking visual displays in every window using 'old-style' props to evoke joyful thoughts of times pasted and opportunities for residents to re-tell their old stories. Although not entirely complete, this new area has been well received by everyone who visits.