Ice cream van visit chimes with residents at Dorset care home

Chilled out: Fernhill residents Marjorie Lee (second left) and Margaret Johnson (right) with Activities Organiser Anne Marie-Knight (left), Colten Companion Heather Almond and Gavin Coppard of Jim’s Superwhip.
Chilled out: Fernhill residents Marjorie Lee (second left) and Margaret Johnson (right) with Activities Organiser Anne Marie-Knight (left), Colten Companion Heather Almond and Gavin Coppard of Jim’s Superwhip.

Fernhill residents relived their childhood with a visit from a traditional ice cream van.

Family business Jim’s Superwhip set up store outside the dementia care home in Longham near Bournemouth as part of a reminiscence project.

As the van’s chimes rang out across the garden, residents were invited to recollect early memories of queuing up, and enjoying, a traditional ice cream.

Ann-Marie Knight, Activities Organiser, said: ” From hearing the musical chimes to the physical act of handing over the money, the visit succeeded in its aim of unlocking childhood memories. The idea is likely to be taken up by other Colten Care homes specialising in dementia care.”

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