Care Home “Pub” Is Just The Tonic for Residents

by Ross Stebbing

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

IMG_3431A Bupa Care Home has come up with an unusual tonic for residents – by providing them with their own traditional “pub and beer garden’’.

Bupa’s Golfhill Care Home, in Glasgow, opened ‘The Dennistoun Arms’ as a concept to provide a recognisable social environment for residents to relive the past and encourage the sharing of memories and stories.


Although the ‘pub’ is a not a licensed premises, it is fully equipped for social activities with darts board and karaoke machine.  It comes complete with traditional beer mats, spirit measures and pint glasses to help create an authentic atmosphere.  The Dennistoun Arms opens on to the patioed beer garden area complete with outside tables and pub umbrellas too


A range of drinks are also provided – which are mainly donated by residents and family members – and the ‘bar’ has already proved a huge hit with residents, relatives and staff.


Susan McDonald, Home Manager at Golfhill Care Home, said ‘The Dennistoun Arms’ is delivering a creative form of therapy for residents at the home.


She said: “By providing The Dennistoun Arms  (a mock pub), we have created a comfortable and familiar social setting for our residents which is a great way for them to relax.


“While it is open to all residents, we have found it has a particular appeal to male residents, allowing them to reconnect with their traditional notion of ‘going for a pint with your pals’ and we hold many of the men’s clubs at the Dennistoun Arms.


“The pub has been a complete success with the residents and has become so popular we now use it for events, celebrations and birthdays.


“We want our residents to have the best care possible and that means developing new ideas to improve their quality of life.”


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