Memories have been taking root at a care home.

Residents at Astbury Lodge, the purpose-built home CLS-run home set within spacious grounds on Randle Meadow in Great Sutton, have been getting in touch with their roots lately with the help of a very special memory tree.

Carers at the home created a ‘family tree’ mural on the wall in one of the home’s communal areas which will display images of the Astbury Lodge residents for family, friends and visitors to see.

Kerry Hague, a carer at Astbury Lodge, was leading an arts and crafts session with some residents from the home’s dementia household when she got the idea of doing a mural.

She decided to stretch her artistic talents, as well as those of the residents, by creating a truly special ‘family tree’.

Favourite pictures

With a little bit of help from residents, Kerry painted the tree on the wall of the main communal area of the home and allocated space for each resident to hang their favourite pictures of themselves, be it from their early childhood, their youth, or the present day.

Janice Johnson, home manager, said: “Events and activities that encourage reminiscing and mutual understanding are really important for our dementia household residents.

“Having a carer that is as enthusiastic, imaginative and dedicated as Kerry makes a huge difference. If the carers are passionate about something, the residents are too. The Astbury Lodge family tree looks wonderful.”