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Care home uses pies to help residents remember

PIES helped care home residents living with dementia to recall their younger days, this National Pie Day.

The smells, tastes and sights of one of the nation’s favourite dishes were used as part of an active minds session at Halton View Care Home, in Widnes, Cheshire.

Staff organised the activity to coincide with National Pie Day – when they asked residents to remember their favourite ingredients.

Resident Eileen Connolly taking part in National Pie Day activities at Halton View Care Home.

They were also shown pictures of various sweet and savoury pies and asked to name as many different types as they could.

The residents were then treated to a buffet dinner, with a wide selection of pies to choose from.

Victoria Brown, home manager at Halton View Care Home, said: “Multi-sensory activities like this, using smells, tastes and sights, have a therapeutic effect on those living with dementia. So we’re always looking for different ways to engage residents and get them thinking about the past. National Pie Day offered the opportunity to discuss a dinner time favourite of many of the residents. We asked them to recall memories of making pies and what ingredients they need to make the pastry and fillings. The response was amazing. Everyone got involved and had an opinion on the best pie – from meat and potatoes to apple pie with custard.”

For more information about National Pie Day please click here
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