Elvis cut-out and 1950s jukebox at Wroxham care home diner for people with dementia

Overbury House Nursing Care Home in Wroxham have a new 1950s themed diner. Staff and residents in th

Overbury House Nursing Care Home in Wroxham have a new 1950s themed diner. Staff and residents in the new room.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

With its Wurlitzer-style juke box, Elvis cut-out and Route 66 decorations, walking into this American-style diner is like being transported to the 1950s.

Overbury House Nursing Care Home in Wroxham have a new 1950s themed diner. Staff and residents in th

Overbury House Nursing Care Home in Wroxham have a new 1950s themed diner. Staff and residents in the new room.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

And bosses at the Wroxham care home where it has opened hope it will offer its elderly residents a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Sally Lee, the manager of Overbury House Nursing Care Home in Staitheway Road, has been instrumental in introducing a number of initiatives to the home to help those living with dementia.

The new diner is the latest scheme, and it aims to promote wellbeing and provoke personal memories.

It is fully themed with a mural of New York's Brooklyn Bridge, diner chairs and stools and a 1950s-style public phone.

Overbury House Nursing Care Home in Wroxham have a new 1950s themed diner. Manager Sally Lee with Da

Overbury House Nursing Care Home in Wroxham have a new 1950s themed diner. Manager Sally Lee with David Bates, Chief Operating Officer of Healthcare Homes Group.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass


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The room is designed to start conversations and offer a fun experience.

It is just one of several rooms with a theme – with others including an indoor wildlife walkway, which is filled with green foliage, flora, fauna and the sounds of birds.

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On top of this, Ms Lee has introduced other initiatives, including having night shift nurses dress down in pyjamas, so residents can relate to them and it being night time.

Ms Lee said Overbury House was a unique centre for dementia, and staff were keen to invite people to the home to see the work that was happening.

David Bates, chief operating officer of the Healthcare Homes Group, said he supported the project.

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