Care home constructs 1930s-style theatre to entertain residents

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One of the major complaints often received from elderly care home residents suggest that there aren’t enough activities to keep them occupied or indulge in some fun. A care home in Dorset is all set to counter that grievance by building 1930s-style theatre in its basement to allow residents to “enjoy the things they used to”.

The care home Burwood Nursing Home in Broadstone, is a family owned business operated by Paul Jessup and his wife Sarah. Paul claims he designed and built most of the theatre himself. The 40 seat theatre reportedly cost £30,000 and took nine months to construct.

The theatre is in addition to an onsite pub that the couple has included in their care home. Jessup said: “It is not easy for older people to get out to do things they used to do. “I think music and song really inspires and stimulates people. People can sing along to a song they know from years ago, but not know much about what is happening today, especially if they have dementia.”

He added: “We do take our residents to the theatre, and they love it, but not everyone is able to go. “Now they can go for a drink in our pub before going to the fully wheelchair-accessible theatre in our home.”

Jessup said that a lot of care homes either could not afford to build such a facility, or would “not want to afford it”.

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