New room helps bring past to life

Opening of the new activities room at Roseway House. Front manager Trudi Hunter
Opening of the new activities room at Roseway House. Front manager Trudi Hunter

Residents at a South Tyneside nursing home are now able to take a step back in time thanks to a new-look room.

Staff at Roseway House in Wear Street, Jarrow have been working hard to turn an activities room into a scene from the 1940s.

It has sparked so many conversations with people recalling and sharing their own memories.

Trudi Hunter

Now, thanks to donations and hours spent hunting the internet for items the room is officially open for residents and visitors to use.

It is thought the room will be re-decorated once every three months to showcase each decade up to the 
1970s.

The idea was thought up by staff after a conversation with one of the residents who was in the army during the 1940s.

Trudi Hunter, registered home manager at the nursing home said: “One of our residents was in the army during the 1940s and is always talking about her experiences.

“So we thought, why not turn the activity room into a themed room. The room is based on her memories from that era.

The residents love the new look room and are really enjoying going in and seeing all the items from that era.

“It has sparked so many conversations with people recalling their own memories and sharing those with other residents and staff. “

In the room is a range of items from the 1940s including a mangle and old-style sewing machine.

The room is open 24 hours a day.

Mrs Hunter said: “I’m over the moon with the response from the residents and the staff have really got behind it.

“A lot of our residents have dementia so this is great for them.

“We have also had a lot of people come in to have a look at the room while visiting their relatives and they are really fascinated by it all 
too.”

The idea is the room will stay with the 1940s theme for three months before it is revamped to showcase the best of the 1950s.

Mrs Hunter said: “Once we have gone through the decades, each of our three units will have a room dedicated to a specific area, so all the items will be reused.”

There are a 34 residents living within the nursing home which offers three different areas of care, residential, nursing and memory care (dementia).

The home, which offers convalescent and respite care in addition to permanent stays, aims to help residents maintain their independence and encourages them to take part in activities.