Murals give care home a new buzz

Earsdon Grange has introduced new wall murals. Pictured are activities co-ordinator Lynsey Ralph (left), with resident Moreen Carruthers.
Earsdon Grange has introduced new wall murals. Pictured are activities co-ordinator Lynsey Ralph (left), with resident Moreen Carruthers.

A Whitley Bay care home is inspiring conversation between residents living with dementia through the installation of new wall murals.

Earsdon Grange care home, in Wellfield, is hoping that the murals and provision of extra seating will spark sociaisation and improve the wellbeing of the residents.

The murals include a traditional sweet shop, high street shop fronts and local landmarks.

Nicola Bell, manager of Earsdon Grange, said: “We are always looking for ways to help improve the lives of our residents and thought that by introducing interactive wall murals and additional themed seating areas, we would be offering them more choice and greater opportunities to socialise and interact with others according to their preferences.”

Studies of care setting environments have shown that wall art and murals can help to reduce stress of people living with dementia.

Not only do the walls create a splash of colour, they are also adding a functional use for the residents.

A traditional sweet shop can be found leading from the sweet shop window mural, the library offers space for residents to read and reflect, and the garden corner contains a bench and flowers.

Since the introduction of the murals the home has seen many more residents opting to sit in the additional areas provided.

Earsdon Grange provides resedential care and dementia care for up to 48 residents, both long and short term stays.