Nursing home appeals for furniture donation for ‘pub experience’

Mary Seacole Nursing Home. Pic: Will Craigie

A nursing home in Hoxton has launched an appeal for donations of furniture in order to open a ‘pub experience’ for residents.

Mary Seacole Nursing Home, which is supported by NHS Foundation Trust, has also announced plans for a library, a music room and aromatherapy facilities to be installed.

Harry Johnson, Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator for Alzheimer’s Society, who is co-working on the project, told ELL that its aim was to “recreate a pub experience so that residents can enjoy a drink together in a pub environment.”

“The key message being that just because you’re in a nursing home or have dementia, it shouldn’t mean you can’t enjoy the everyday things like the pub.”

Mary Seacole hopes to transform their current “lounge” into a bar, where functions such as birthdays parties can be held, with a dartboard and archive pictures of Hackney pubs on the walls.

The lounge area that Mary Seacole hopes to adapt to a pub. Pic: Will Craigie

Louise Egan, Deputy Chief Nurse for Homerton Hospital, said: “It’s all to bring some of Hackney into the home. We really want to make it about Hackney.”

Roy Tescon, Manager of Mary Seacole Nursing Home, came up with the idea whilst working on another upcoming project for which they will rename wings of the nursing home after famous Hackney areas.

They have yet to receive any donations and are asking for anything that people can contribute to the project.

To donate, get in touch with Mary Seacole Nursing Home directly or contact Harry Johnson via e-mail.

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