Dementia-friendly pub launches at The Water Mill

Dementia-friendly pub launches at The Water Mill

The Water Mill, a specialist centre for people living with dementia, has opened its own pub to help residents and visitors relax and socialise.

The scheme, in Walsall, which provides residential places and day care facilities for people diagnosed with the condition, has turned one of its rooms into a traditional pub, following suggestions from people using the service.

It was officially opened last week with a party for service users and local dignitaries including the new Walsall Mayor Angela Underhill.

Joy Sumner, Day Care Manager, said: “Since we opened in 2011 a few people had said to us it would be great to have a pub here. One man thinks of the centre as a pub and calls me the landlady.

“Our staff have previously put on pub afternoons, with quizzes, dominoes, darts, sing-alongs, pork scratchings and some cheese and onion cobs.

“We have now been able to take the idea further thanks to some local fundraising and we have set a room up permanently as The Watermill Arms. It is a wonderful way to help our residents and day centre users feel at ease and enjoy getting together.

“Staff have worked really hard to set this up and I am very proud of them.”

The room features a traditional bar, pub paraphernalia and pub-style tables and chairs. It won’t be serving alcohol – anyone who tries a drink from the optics may be disappointed to find it is cold tea.

The Water Mill, in Goscote Lane, Walsall, provides 30 residential places, 10 spaces for respite care and day care facilities for up to 20 people each day, seven days a week. Communal facilities at the centre include a reminiscence room and a hair salon.

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