Care home first: nightclub now open!
Published on 26th June 2018
Whether your 18 or 80 it appears the lure of a nightclub never fades! Residents of Thornbank Care Home now have the newest ‘night spot’ in Ipswich in their own home!
The club was opened by comedian Joe Pasquale and is complete with flashing lights, a stocked bar, sound system and on the opening night there was even jokes from Joe himself! The club has been christened ‘The Snug’ and is the place for Thornbank’s residents to go when the sun goes down.
Care home residents defy all stereotypes of pensioners as for the past three years they’ve been hotfooting it down to Ipswich town centre, walking frames and all! Now they have their own nightclub their the talk of the town!
The home’s Activities Coordinator is behind Joe Pasquale’s visit, she saw he was in the city centre to perform ‘Some Mothers Do Have Them’, so reached out to see if he would be the ‘guest of honour’ on the nightclub’s opening night. Joe happily obliged, told a few jokes and even enjoyed supping a pint or two whilst chatting with residents!
Lyn Andrews, Activity Coordinator at Thornbank Care Home said:
“The ladies love clubbing and if they want to continue going into town they can. The men just love a pint in a pub. Even though we shut the doors we don’t shut residents away from the community. It’s all about human interaction. Our Manager is very proactive and it has taken a while but she is on board. Every staff member is involved in activities for residents.
If residents are sitting down and not interacting they are thinking of an ache or pain. We are trying to combat boredom and loneliness and if the residents are up for doing something we will do it.”
Ms Andrews went on to say that ‘dancing at the disco’ is particularly beneficial for residents with dementia:
“Music can unlock a memory. It’s about finding something they enjoy doing. Whether its dancing or something else, I’ve seen residents coordination and mobility improve even if it's just lifting a glass.”
Thornbank Care Home in Ipswich are part of the Greensleeves Care Group, for more information on the service please see here.