New ‘pub’ open for business in a Sarisbury Green care home

The Duck and Deer mock pub at the Hawthorne Court Nursing Home in Sarisbury Green. Staff Jayne Evans with Ken Tomlinson whose wife Maureen is a resident. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142162-2)

The Duck and Deer mock pub at the Hawthorne Court Nursing Home in Sarisbury Green. Staff Jayne Evans with Ken Tomlinson whose wife Maureen is a resident. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142162-2)

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IT’S called the Duck and Deer but it’s a pub like no other.

That’s because this hostelry has opened up in a care home.

It is part of a council programme to make the home more dementia friendly.

The manager of Hawthorne Court in Hamilton Road, Sarisbury Green Kerry Bean said: ‘We’ve created a permanent replica pub in one of our communal rooms.

‘Our residents are very excited about the new pub and have been voting to decide upon its name, which is The Duck and Deer.

‘I was previously involved with the installation of a similar pub at another Hampshire County Council residential home in Alton and it was very successful so I’m confident this will be a beneficial and well-used part of Hawthorne Court.’

Mayor of Fareham, Cllr David Norris opened the pub.

Cllr Norris said: ‘The replica room does look and feel like a pub and I’m sure it will be helpful in the person-centred reminiscence therapy for residents here as well as a super recreational facility.’

Resident Dean Medley and his father Alf enjoyed the facility on Friday.

Alf said: ‘It feels just like a real pub. Dean and I are looking forward to becoming regulars.’

The pub is part of a programme run by the county council, which included turning Fareham into a dementia-friendly high street where businesses showed support through training.

There are around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia — a syndrome associated with ongoing decline of the brain.

The condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65 and can cause problems with memory loss, thinking speed, mental agility and understanding.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society reminiscence therapy can improve mood, wellbeing and some mental abilities such as memory.

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