23 February 2017
Health & wellbeing
Introducing the cafe society at Poppyfields
Residents of Poppyfields in St Neots are enjoying getting together in their new coffee shop, which is fast becoming the place to be seen! With new lighting and an view out over the garden, it’s a perfect place to socialise. In fact, it’s been so successful that plans are now underway to welcome members of the wider community to the cafe.
The idea for the coffee shop came from Regional Manager Mary Harle, who had seen them work well elsewhere in improving the community spirit on estates. A major rejig of existing rooms was required in order to make enough space for the facility.
Estate Manager Jo Arnott said:
‘The coffee shop has provided a new focal point, bringing many residents who were spending much of their time isolated in the lounge into a more central area. They have more contact with staff and are better connected with what’s going on. This has been especially important for those residents living with dementia.’
People with dementia often feel isolated and disconnected from the world around them. Being part of a social group can help boost confidence and self-esteem, while staving off boredom and loneliness. Having a friendly chat in familiar surroundings provides visual and sensory clues which help form memories more easily.
This creates a sense of togetherness and belonging, helping the person to feel more involved in their community and to make new friends.