A Suffolk care home has created replica shops from the 1950s to help residents with dementia cope with anxiety.
The innovative scheme at Baylham Care Centre includes reproductions of a 1950s Post Office, a greengrocers, a butcher, a baker, a sweet shop and a haberdashery.
Inside the shops are various tasks, settings and activities for residents to engage with.
One shop has a corner full of laundry that needs folding, another has jars of nuts and bolts for residents to fiddle with.
Care home director Prema Fairburn said people suffering from dementia often got agitated because their short term memory is affected.
She said: “The thinking behind the project is that the majority of people suffering from dementia have bad short term memory but their long term memory is very good.
“Depending on the stage of their condition they can sometimes regress back to their childhood.
“These memories, like I’ve got to get the bus and pick my children up from school, can be very strong.
“If they are living that memory they often get anxious because their surroundings have changed and they don’t know where they are.
“In this case, if you then put a bus stop down with a bench to sit on it helps the residents calm down.”
“We have recreated a railway station in one of the shops, then there’s the laundry corner.
“There is also a room for the men which is full of nuts and bolts and screws and things like that.
“We have objects they can touch and feel - texture is very important.
“We had a lot of residents with every challenging behaviour.
“But even the most challenging residents are now very calm and have got involved with the activities we run.
“They really appreciate it - you can see the difference it is making to their lives.”
The centre has also created a village green for residents to walk around with trees, shrubs and a lawn area.