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Pig and Whistle 'dry bar' set up for care home residents

Non-alcoholic cocktails are served in care home's new social setting

Paul Burgman
New dry bar in Ticehurst Nursing Home

A bar that sells non-alcoholic cocktails and drinks has been set up to provide a social area for residents at an Aldershot care home.

Ticehurst's 'dry bar', called the Pig and Whistle and in the centre of the residential home, is intended to improve the environment for elderly residents with dementia and provide a place to meet with family members for lunch.

At an opening of the bar earlier this month, outgoing mayor Councillor Terry Bridgeman put in one of the first orders at the bar, along with mayoress Pam Edwards.

The bar will also host happy hours run by Ticehurst's activities team. The alcohol-free drinks encourage hydration.

Other projects that have been completed at Ticehurst are a cinema, a room dedicated to the armed services, a fully equipped sensory room, an indoor garden room and a 60s café.

The team held an open day on Tuesday (June 24) for members of the public to view the home.

Cllr Bridgeman said he was very pleased to open the Pig and Whistle, because the home was very familiar to him as he had lived a stone's throw away and both he and a resident of the home could remember it being a potato field at one time.

A Ticehurst spokesman said: "It was a wonderful day and lovely to see staff, residents and the community all come together as one.

"We hope that people will take up our invitation to come and look around the home so that they might understand that a care home can be a welcoming friendly place to visit."

 
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