Steam engine

More and more people are being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and the quality of residential care on offer can vary dramatically. Perhaps the most important aspect of looking after residents is to treat them as individuals and to properly engage with them.

Sunrise Living Eastbourne prides itself on its innovative activities. One resident, Janice Patterson, would often reminisce about her train journeys and life as a child in Scotland and often recalled going on the Flying Scotsman before the war.

When Sunrise team member’s heard that the Flying Scotsman was set to visit the Bluebell Railway they decided they simply had to get Janet to see the British National treasure once more. Accompanied by fellow bus and train enthusiast Robin Fryer, the staff took the residents to see the iconic steam train. The wonderful team at Bluebell gave Janice and Robin VIP treatment, including a trip on another steam train from Horsted Keynes to Sheffield Park in the Guards Carriage. Robin enjoyed a long chat with the guardsman asking lots of questions and soaking up the atmosphere.

Kevin Roberts, Senior Carer said, “It was a brilliant day out, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells, it brought back memories for the residents, in particular Janice and was such a worthwhile visit”

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