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Old-fashioned sweet shop to help residents at Leamington care home

Leamington Editorial 11th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SWEET-TOOTHED residents at a Leamington care home could soon be taking a trip down memory lane.

Bosses at Priors House have opened an old-fashioned sweet shop as part of an ongoing project to provide a dementia-friendly environment at the Old Milverton Lane care home.

Stocked with traditional confectionary and vintage weighing scales, alongside other items such as soft toys, stationery and toiletries, the shop is designed to help with reminiscence, which is key to the care of those living with dementia.

It is hoped the familiar surroundings will spark fond memories and create an enjoyable environment for family and friends visiting the care home.

The shop is run by 87-year-old resident Barbara Cooper, who thoroughly enjoys every aspect of managing the store from organising and pricing stock to serving customers.

She said: “I really love my new job. It is great fun and I enjoy chatting to lots of different people every day. My favourite part is seeing what has sold at the end of the day, ordering in new stock and restocking the shelves.”