What is Reminiscence Therapy?
We are a means to enable groups of elderly people in Residential, Nursing, Sheltered or Day Care homes to interact with us and with each other through the stimulation of encouraging them to remember and talk about their own past lives.
Where do we work?
We meet together for a one- or two-hour session in the Home's own lounge or other conveniently available room - the elderly are not taken out of the place familiar to them.
How does it work?
We have a vast array of props which the elderly people may have used themselves or will at least recognise, to stimulate memories and promote the active recalling of events and shared memories. Participation is voluntary and very informal, giving a relaxed and warm atmosphere in which to enjoy taking a "stroll down memory lane" and chatting about "the old times".
What are these props?
Our ever-increasing store of items date from the early twentieth century, ranging from childhood memorabilia such as old comics, through to artefacts that would have been used in the workplace (cobblers last, milk churn), home (washboard, cast iron kettle), and in leisure pursuits, such as needlework and embroidery.
How often do we visit?
Visits can be as frequent as once a fortnight or as little as once a year as a special "one-off" event, depending on the activities already taking place in the Home. We explore a different theme on each occasion, perhaps relating to the season of the year and events, for example Easter Bonnets, or to concentrate more on sensory work with our "Touchy Feely" memory bags.
Reminiscence World also holds training sessions for staff in the Homes to help them understand and appreciate the importance and benefits of this type of communication therapy.