Residents invite visitors to view dementia-friendly improvements to their community

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Older people in Bedford are inviting people into their retirement property to show off recent dementia-friendly improvements.

Tenants from Anchor’s Dame Alice Court, in Newnham Street, are so please with their new-look 1950s-style hairdressers, and nostaligic images of Bedford in communal areas, they want to share it with the community.

Scheme manager Janet Grant said: “At Dame Alice Court we have created a dementia-friendly environment within the scheme. This has been done in a way that will be enjoyed by all our tenants living independently, their families and friends.”

Tenant Wally Widdowson, who is delighted with the changes at Dame Alice Court, said: “The reminiscence areas are great and are good for all of us in the scheme, the garden canopy means more tenants can now sit outside in the garden and the scheme is much brighter and cheerful”.

More than £140,000 was spent on developing the dementia-friendly environment for tenants, funded by The Department of Health, the Kings Fund Programme in connection with Bedford Borough Council.

Visitors are welcome to take a look on Thursday, May 22, from 2pm and 3.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend should call scheme manager Janet Grant on 01234 347733 or drop in on the day.