It’s ‘Monday wash day’ every day at the Willows Day Care Centre.
The residents and staff at Willows Day Care centre, based next to Court Regis Care home, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, were thrilled to be presented with a reminiscence wicker wash day basket in January this year. The basket was filled with a washboard, tongs, dolly pegs, apron, tea towels ,traditional soaps, a 20 page handbook featuring adverts from the 1940’s and a wash day music CD, all donated from CO-OP Funeral Care in Sittingbourne.
Community Liaison Officer, Nuola O’Donoghue and CO-OP Funeral Care, have become a great community link for the day care centre and often provide raffle prizes and presents to support the events that take place at the centre.
The Willows is located on the grounds of Court Regis care home and provides a bright, safe and relaxing atmosphere for people living with dementia. The day centre has become a vital service within the local community which also allows a respite break for those caring for someone with dementia.
Dynamic, Day Centre Officer, Jeannette is often looking for new projects to stimulate conversation and old memories with the residents at the centre.
‘Recently we’ve had many conversations in the centre about ‘Wash day Mondays’ and ‘Iron day Tuesdays’. One resident had great delight in telling us how they used to splash water or sometimes spit on their flat iron for it to work properly! Very different to how it is now’, says Jeannette Spooner.
After chatting with Jeannette, Nuola and the team at CO-OP Funeral Care thought the wicker wash basket would be a great addition to the day centre.
Jeannette said: ‘Our residents really love the gift, we’ve already had a flat iron and more soap donated from family members, to go with the basket. Often I will see the residents rummaging through the basket or humming away to the ‘Monday wash day’ song. It’s a great conversation starter and stimulates some great memories.’
Picture – Names from left to right, June Griffiths, Dennis Boakes, Nuola O’Donoghue, Jeannette Spooner, Sheila Mannering and Fred Beake.