Care home turns room into a 1960s-style pub

A care home has decided to turn one of its rooms into a 1960s-style pub at the request of the residents. Credit: BPM.

A care home has decided to turn one of its rooms into a 1960s-style pub at the request of the residents.

Stoke House care home in Stoke Lane, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, decided to transform a room into a pub, which they have called The Carers' Arms.

Staff decided to make the change after some of the residents said they missed going to the pub and having a game of darts.

Louise Nichol, 39, the activities coordinator who decided to turn the room into a pub said:

"life doesn't stop just because you're in a care home, I have got to know each of the residents in the four months I have been in this job and when you get to know people you can find out what they liked doing and what they miss. I soon realised that a lot of people just missed going to the local pub on a Sunday for lunch or of an evening for a pint and so I decided to bring the pub to them. A lot of the men said they missed a game of darts and so I decided to make it into a proper pub, 1960s style, with darts and a warm and cosy feeling. It has gone down really well so far and it is an alternative place for them to sit with visitors too, everyone seems to be enjoying it." >

Activities coordinator Louise Nichol.
Staff decided to make the change after some of the residents said they missed going to the pub and having a game of darts. Credit: BPM.

The staff decorated the room inside the care home through donations from the local community and by up-cycling items that were going to be thrown away.

The pub stocks a range of beers and alcoholic drinks as well as tea, coffee and crisps free of charge.

It also plays sport on a television screen and provides residents with an alternative place to eat.

Esmine Sinns, 82, who has been a resident of the care home for one year, has become the pub's new landlady since it opened.She said:

"I think it is a really good idea, it has only just opened so we will have to see how it goes, but I really like it.

Esmine Sinns, 82.