Dining Room, Café, and Tea Room Mural

This is one of our most popular murals and can be used either in the existing dining room or to create a new café for use during the day. The mural creates a space all about food and drink that is recognisable. People living with dementia often struggle to maintain focus and are easily distracted. Everything in the dining room should be about food and drink. If you have pictures or artwork on the walls that relate to anything else, these should be removed.

People living with dementia often struggle to maintain focus and are easily distracted. Everything in the dining room should be about food and drink. If you have pictures or artwork on the walls that relate to anything else, these should be removed.

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The Dining Room – Often, the door to the dining room is open and therefore, it is important that the room is easily identifiable from the corridor. The mural as a backdrop is perfect for this. Colour coordinated with the dining chairs and table clothes. 

A Tearoom or café is a wonderful place that has benefits for residents and patients. We all have different eating habits and not everyone wants three meals a day. Having drinks and snacks available throughout the day gives people a choice. Again, this is not about creating a false reality so there must be at least drinks available or people could become agitated. 

Visiting a café is not only about the food and drink. For many of us, it is a social occasion, meeting with friends for a chat and watching the world go by. If someone else is having a drink, they appear to be just another person enjoying the experience. Case studies have proven that assessments are more successful in a café environment than in a bedroom.

Cafés are also wonderful places for activities. Knit and Natter groups are a perfect example. Bringing together likeminded people to chat about hobbies and passions over a cup of tea work really well. 

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When the café was introduced at Bruce Lodge, it was an instant hit with residents, visitors and staff alike.  An individual, who visited the care home to carry out an assessment on a resident, complimented the Manager as she had been able to carry out a much better assessment in the  friendly café environment than in someone’s bedroom.
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