Handford House, a renowned care home on Cumberland Street, Ipswich, hosted a nostalgic afternoon activity centred around reminiscing the last few decades. Residents engaged in a delightful journey down memory lane as they explored artifacts and discussed cherished moments from the past.

The activity commenced with an in-depth exploration of coins from the 1960s, sparking conversations about their worth in today’s currency. From shillings to pence, residents reminisced about the value of each coin and fondly recalled the items they could have purchased with them. Pictures of sweets, cars, and furniture served as catalysts for lively discussions about favourite things remembered, evoking a lot of laughter.

Delving further into household items, residents shared anecdotes about enduring brands like Cellotape, Vicks VapoRub, and Oxo cubes, noting how these brands/products have remained integral to their lives, albeit in different packaging. Discussions ranged from traditional remedies, passed down through generations, to beloved family recipes, including timeless classics like Sunday roasts and apple pies. Whilst discussing shared memories, there was unanimous agreement on the universal disdain for the infamous toilet roll, Izal, described vividly as akin to “wiping your bottom on greaseproof paper.”

Adding to the ambiance, the sound of 60s and 70s music filled the air, transporting residents to a bygone era of joy. Conversations naturally veered towards memorable events such as Ipswich Town’s triumphant FA Cup win in 1978. This ignited a passionate discussion among the avid resident football enthusiasts.

“It’s amazing how older objects and pictures can bring back happy memories and lift our spirits,” said Lee Oliver, Activities Co-Ordinator, as they reflected on the activity’s success. The 60s-themed activity at Handford House exemplifies the commitment they have to fostering a vibrant and engaging community where residents can relive cherished memories. With a passionate team of caregivers and a commitment to person-centred care, Handford House offers a warm and welcoming environment where residents can thrive and enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle.

For more information on how to support Handford House, or to arrange a visit, please contact the home on 01473 945370